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Why do racial disparities in homeownership persist 50 years after the Fair Housing Act?


It’s been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act was signed into law. It was meant to outlaw discrimination on the basis of race, but people of color still face disparities in access to homeownership.

An investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting illustrates the modern-day version of redlining that keeps neighborhoods segregated, and how the problem persists despite laws against it. What will it take to achieve equity in homeownership?


Emmanuel Martinez, data reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

Web Resources:

Reveal: For people of color, banks are shutting the door to homeownership

CityLab: Why America's Racial Wealth Gap Is Really a Homeownership Gap

Urban Wire: Mapping the black homeownership gap

Reveal: State attorneys general probe lending disparities

Reveal: Gentrification became low-income lending law’s unintended consequence

Modern Redlining interactive map