2018 Annual Report

 

From Our Leadership Team

In 2018, the fair housing movement looked back at its history. April 4, 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the founder of the modern fair housing movement. On April 11, we marked the anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, passed in the wake of King’s assassination. Looking back has helped us realize how far we have come.

Unfortunately, this does not mean our work is done. Instead of “blacks need not apply,” many advertisements say “No Section 8” which effectively denies housing to many African-Americans and Latinos. Instead of the old state schools with their dark rooms and locked wards, people with disabilities are shut out of many neighborhoods because people believe they are a threat to the other residents. And while housing for people who are elderly is welcomed (86% of people over 65 in Connecticut are White), housing for families with children (60% of people under the age of 18 are African-American or Latino) “changes the character of the neighborhood.” Here at the Center, we continue to investigate hundreds of housing discrimination complaints each year.

There is still much work to be done, but we look forward with hope and excitement. In 2019, we are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center’s founding.  We hope the next time the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act is celebrated, we will be celebrating the fulfillment of that Act’s promise.

ERIN KEMPLE, Executive Director
CHRISTIAN SAGER, President, Board of Directors

Fair Housing

Fair Lending

Education & Outreach

Policy Work

Our Mission

The mission of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is to ensure that all people, particularly those with scarce financial resources, have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut. To accomplish our mission, the Center provides legal services to the victims of housing discrimination and those at risk of home foreclosure; conducts education, training, and outreach on fair housing laws; works with state and local governments to ensure compliance with the fair housing laws; and advocates for policies that will improve access to housing.

Mildred & Richard Loving

Civil Rights Award Dinner

Named for the couple that fought the ultimate form of housing discrimination when they were barred from living in Virginia because of their interracial marriage, the Center’s annual Mildred and Richard Loving Civil Rights Award honors civil rights leaders and thinkers, those who have worked to change the course of history, those who have challenged how history is written, and those who are making history today. Pictured: Former Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Housing Evonne Klein and State Representative Roland Lemar.