High Court to Hear Disparate Impact Case


WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — On Wednesday, January 21, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Community Projects, Inc. – a case that will ask the Court to decide whether disparate impact claims are recognizable under the Fair Housing Act.

Says Nikitra Bailey, senior vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending who will speak at a rally in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday:

The question before the Court today is a critical one – and, given the current discussion around inequality in the country, one that’s absolutely relevant today.

Disparate impact is an important tool that policymakers and courts can use to address the well-documented and widespread discrimination that continues to persist in the housing and finance markets; eliminating this tool would be tantamount to turning a blind eye to the unfair treatment that many unfortunately experience.

The Center for Responsible Lending, which itself has published reports on disparate impact in the housing and finance markets, urges the Court to demonstrate its commitment to core civil rights principles that ensure housing practices are fair for all in its ruling.

The Court is expected to rule on the case this summer.

For more information, contact Catherine An at 202-349-1878 or .


About the Center for Responsible Lending The Center for Responsible Lending is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. CRL is affiliated with Self-Help, one of the nation’s largest community development financial institutions.

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