Fair Housing Project

Catherine Cone Staff Attorney
Brook Hill Equal Justice Works Fellow
Amal Mimish Paralegal


Established in the mid-1970s, the Fair Housing Project addresses denials of equal housing opportunity based on race, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, source of income, familial status (children under the age of 18), and other classes protected under federal, state, and local fair housing laws. From its inception, the Project has been at the forefront of some of the most significant cases involving race and national origin discrimination, including cases involving racial violence and organized hate groups.

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Over the years, the Project’s work has expanded into new and emerging areas, including predatory lending, redlining, discriminatory real estate advertising, insurance discrimination, exclusionary zoning and other discriminatory practices by municipalities, discrimination against families with children, and discrimination against low-income families who use housing subsidies. The Project has brought a number of high-profile cases against multi-family housing developers that have failed to design and construct properties in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In many of its cases, the Project has represented the Equal Rights Center in the ERC’s ground-breaking efforts to utilize paired testers to investigate allegations of discrimination.

With the assistance of law firms and members of the private bar working pro bono, the Project has achieved landmark precedents and monetary verdicts, and it has increased housing and economic opportunities for thousands of people of color, women, people with disabilities, Housing Choice Voucher holders, and members of other protected groups.

Sarah Bourbeau

The Committee's Fair Housing Project currently has a very active docket of cases pending in federal and state courts within the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Most recently, the Project has partnered with ONE DC in their work organizing tenants at subsidized properties transitioning to market rate.

 

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