Is This the Future of Affordable Housing? – Fair Housing 5 for January 8, 2016

It’s a new year, but unfortunately most of the same housing problems will follow us from 2015. In our first post of 2016, we highlight some innovative ways some are trying to address the shortage of affordable housing in Lexington, as well as what has been happening fair-housing wise across the country in the past … Read more…

Addressing Disability Discrimination within an Ableist Society – Fair Housing 5 for December 21, 2015

In our penultimate FH5 post for 2015, the main focus for this week will be one of the most common types of housing discrimination we encounter: disability discrimination. Whether it’s new buildings that are constructed without appropriate accessibility or confusion about housing providers and tenants regarding emotional support animals, complaints of discrimination come in various … Read more…

A Year in Housing in Louisville – Fair Housing 5 for December 11, 2015

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition in Louisville released their annual State of Metropolitan Housing Report this week. The report discusses several issues facing Louisville’s housing market, including the continuing decline of the median income of Louisville residents, the increase in Black residents living in poverty, and the concentration of low income housing in some of Louisville’s … Read more…

Refugees and Housing Discrimination – Fair Housing 5 for December 4, 2015

The resettlement of Syrian refugees has been at the top of the headlines in recent weeks, and so this week’s FH5 will focus on how the Fair Housing Act protects people from being discriminated against on the basis of their national origin. When most people think of protections from housing discrimination based on a person’s … Read more…

How Insidious is Lending Discrimination? – Fair Housing 5 for November 20, 2015

Our staff here at Lexington Fair Housing Council regularly speaks to prospective first-time home-buyers who may be vulnerable to discriminatory lending practices. Those forms of discrimination can manifest as, to just name a couple of examples, imposing different terms or conditions because of your race or by inquiring about any plans of yours to have … Read more…

How Arrest Records Lock People out of Homes – Fair Housing 5 for November 13, 2015

Given what we know about the prison population’s demographics, it seems inevitable that the practice of denying housing to someone who has been charged or convicted with a crime will collide with the Fair Housing Act’s definition of disparate impact. For now, though, arrest records like the one described below will continue to obstruct many … Read more…

All Eyes on SCOTUS (Again) – Fair Housing 5 for November 6, 2015

Earlier this year, fair housing advocates and activists breathed a collective sigh of relief when the U.S. Supreme Court preserved the disparate impact component of the Fair Housing Act, which is a key tool for discrimination investigations and charges. While the decision marked a key victory for housing justice, another case that could have a … Read more…

The Moral Demand for Affordable Housing – Fair Housing 5 for October 23, 2015

On the docket this week are a couple of stories that look at the ongoing disagreement between cities and developers, with the former requesting the creation of more affordable housing while the latter hesitates due to fears that creating affordable housing will diminish their profits. Really, the question can be distilled down to a simple … Read more…

All Things Lexington Housing – Fair Housing 5 4 for October 16, 2015

We didn’t have to look far to find fair housing stories for this week’s post as so much is happening lately right in our backyard. With big announcements last week and big events happening this coming week, you could say that housing issues are finally getting some spotlight in Lexington. Thanks to all of our … Read more…

Discrimination Beyond the Refusal to Rent or Sell- Fair Housing 5 for October 9, 2015

After a two-week hiatus due to some fair housing quickening, Highlander-style, the Fair Housing 5 is back this week. This week’s selection leans on the ways that housing discrimination occurs beyond a housing provider refusing to rent or sell a property to someone on the grounds of their race, familial status, sex, etc. You may … Read more…