Well-known fair housing and fair lending advocates and organizers examine the implications of the new wave of fair housing activism generated by Occupy Wall Street protests and the many successes achieved in fair housing and fair lending over the years. The book reveals the limitations of advocacy efforts and the challenges that remain. Best directions for future action are brought to light by staff of fair housing organizations, fair housing attorneys, a banker, community and labor organizers, and scholars who have researched social justice organizing and advocacy movements. The book is written for general interest and academic audiences.
Contributors address the foreclosure crisis, access to credit in a changing marketplace, and the immoral hazards of big banks. They examine opportunities in collective bargaining available to homeowners and how low-income and minority households were denied access to historically low home prices and interest rates. Authors question the effectiveness of litigation to uphold the Fair Housing Act's promise of nondiscriminatory home loans and ask how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is assuring fair lending. They also look at where immigrants stand, housing as a human right, and methods for building a movement.
Chester Hartman is an urban planner, academic, author of more than twenty books, and director of research for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.
Gregory Squires is a professor of sociology, public policy, and public administration at George Washington University and advisor to the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center.
Praise for From Foreclosure to Fair Lending:
"Realizing the objectives of the 1968 Fair Housing Act has long been considered one of the most critical pieces of unfinished business of the civil rights movement. From Foreclosure to Fair Lending shows us what needs to be done to achieve those goals. Hartman and Squires have assembled the nation's leading fair housing advocates and scholars. Given the continuing fallout of the foreclosure debacle, the timing could not be better for this book."
-- Ben Jealous, President, NAACP
"Occupy Wall Street's biggest success was its impact on the national conversation. But now, many voices ask, what next? This book offers some important answers. In From Foreclosure to Fair Lending, leading experts and activists in housing and lending practices reflect on how the Occupy spirit revives the historic civil rights and grassroots organizing movements to take on new challenges in a new century."
--Clarence Page. Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
"Housing policies and practices are at the center of the ongoing economic crisis in the United States, and the consequences in lost homes and lost savings have been devastating for many Americans. This collection gives us the essential background to understand these developments and to support the struggle for social justice in housing that is emerging."
--Frances Fox Piven. City University of New York Graduate School.
Undoing the Bitter Legacy of Segregation and Discrimination
by Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University
Occupy Wall Street: A New Wave of Fair Housing Activism?
by Gregory D. Squires and Chester Hartman
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Race, Risk, and Access to Credit in a Changing Market
by Debby Goldberg and Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance
Onward and Upward: The Fight to Ensure Equal Access to Credit via the Federal Housing Administration
by David Berenbaum and Katrina Forrest, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Five Lessons Offered by but Not Learned from the Recent Collapse of the US Economy and the Housing Market
by James H. Carr, Housing and Finance Consultant, and Katrin B. Anacker, George Mason University
Opportunity Lost: How Low-Income and Minority Households Were Denied Access to Historically Low Home Prices and Interest Rates
by M William Sermons, Center for Responsible Lending
Finding a Home for the Occupy Movement: Lessons from the Baltimore and Memphis Wells Fargo Litigation
by John P. Relman, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC
A Tale of Two Recoveries: Discrimination in the Maintenance and Marketing of REO Properties in African American and Latino Neighborhoods across America
by Shanna L. Smith and Shanti Abedin, National Fair Housing Alliance
Building the Power to Win the Battle of Big Ideas and Advance a Long-Term Agenda
by George Goehl, National People's Action, and Sandra Hinson, Grassroots Policy Project
Forcing Banks to the Bargaining Table: Renegotiating Wall Street's Relationship with Our Communities
by Stephen Lerner, Georgetown University, and Saqib Bhatti, Service Employees International Union
Housing as a Human Right: Where Do Immigrants Stand?
by Janis Bowdler, National Council of La Raza, Donald L. Kahl, Equal Rights Center, and Jose A. Garcia, National Council of La Raza
The Limits of Litigation in Fulfilling the Fair Housing Act's Promise of Nondiscriminatory Home Loans
by Robert G. Schwemm, University of Kentucky College of Law
Housing, Race, and Opportunity
by john a. powell, University of California, Berkeley
The Progressive Advocacy World: Winning Battles and Losing the War
by Mike Miller, ORGANIZE Training Center
Building a Movement for Fair Lending, Foreclosure Relief, and Financial Reform
by Peter Dreier, Occidental College