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January 27, 2015

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Contact: Robert Strupp  
Telephone: 410-243-4468
Email: rstrupp@bni-maryland.org 

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI) Attends Fair Housing Rally at Supreme Court 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v The Inclusive Communities Project, a case that could jeopardize the long-standing legal theory of disparate impact, which has protected all Americans from discrimination for decades. BNI Executive Director, Robert Strupp, along with staff members Malcolm Peyton-Cook and Alexandra Williams, joined the National Fair Housing Alliance, Center for Respon-sible Lending and other fair housing advocates on the steps of the Supreme Court to rally in support of the disparate impact protection afforded by the Fair Housing Act. 

The disparate impact protection requires that landlords, lenders, and other housing providers adopt policies that apply fairly to all persons. Experience tells us that policies that appear neutral in theory may, in actuality unfairly and unjustly, exclude or deny housing opportunities to particular persons and communities. For example, a landlord, excluding applicants without full-time employment- a policy that appears neutral, may have a disparate impact on persons with disabilities but who may receive sufficient income to still be able to afford an apartment. 

Disparate impact protection makes it possible to identify and avoid policies that result in discrimination, enabling everyone to be treated justly. 

In the case heard today, the Inclusive Communities Project, an organization that seeks to further fair housing throughout Texas, challenged the City of Dallas' policy for allocating low-income-housing vouchers in a way that reinforced residential segregation. The state of Texas is urging the Court to rule that disparate impact claims are not viable under the Fair Housing Act. 

“This case will have a significant impact on the future of fair housing enforcement throughout the Country,” said Robert Strupp. “Discrimination though often subtle, is nonetheless unjust and harmful to anyone denied equal opportunity to live where they choose to live.” 

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