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Read, Watch, Listen: Fair Housing Resources

By Missouri REALTORS posted 16 days ago

  
Fair Housing Month


April is Fair Housing Month, a time to reflect on the importance of housing equity, as well as the challenges that continue to limit accessibility. As Missouri REALTORS®, we have a responsibility to stay informed on the history of fair housing and to remain engaged in advancing fair housing initiatives within our communities. Quite simply: A commitment to fair housing is a commitment to the American Dream of homeownership.

With National Association of REALTOR® courses like At Home With Diversity, Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing, and Fairhaven, in addition to the Diversity & Inclusion Learning Series at this year’s Spring Business Conference, there are several formal opportunities to get started on Fair Housing education. We hope you all take the time to engage in this meaningful coursework.

But the education does not and should not stop there. Here are some powerful resources—books, documentaries, and podcasts—that offer valuable perspectives on the history and current state of fair housing.


Books:


"The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America"
by Richard Rothstein

Rothstein outlines how government policies and practices have perpetuated racial inequality in housing. This eye-opening book provides essential historical context for understanding modern fair housing issues.

"Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism" by James W. Loewen

Loewen uncovers the disturbing history of sundown towns—communities where African Americans and other minorities were systematically excluded through threats of violence and discriminatory practices. By shedding light on this often overlooked aspect of American racism, Loewen challenges readers to confront the legacy of racial exclusion in housing.


Documentaries:


"Home: Access Denied"

Co-created by the Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS®, this newly released documentary highlights the barriers to fair housing faced by marginalized communities. Through powerful storytelling and firsthand accounts, it highlights the ongoing struggle for housing equity and the importance of advocating for change.

"America Divided"

This docu-series features compelling narratives from individuals impacted by various forms of inequality, including housing discrimination. By amplifying diverse voices and experiences, the series underscores the urgency of addressing systemic injustices and advancing fair housing initiatives.


Podcasts:


Fair Housing: Who's Being Left Out of the Conversation?” | Drive with NAR

Three REALTORS® who identify with underrepresented minorities share their experiences encountering discrimination in real estate. They offer first-hand advice on how to spot biases and avoid fair housing violations.

"House Rules" | This American Life

This NPR episode investigates how location impacts various aspects of life, from the quality of schools and healthcare to socio-economic indicators like unemployment rates and infrastructure maintenance. It sheds light on the profound influence of address on individual destinies.


By engaging with these resources, we have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of fair housing issues, empower ourselves to be effective advocates for change, and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable future for our communities. So together, let’s learn! Check out these additional resources from the National Association of REALTORS® and get started today.

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