National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Hearing Schedule - Chicago, July 15, 2008

8:00 am      Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 am       Welcome

Wade Henderson, President, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Opening Remarks

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

9:15am      Statements from Commissioners

9:30 am      Panel 1

The State of Fair Housing:  What Have We Accomplished?

Forty years after the enactment of the Fair Housing Act, and 20 years after the amendments that gave real power to HUD for enforcement, what progress have we made in ending segregation and promoting integration in our cities, towns, and communities?

John Logan, Brown University

Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania

Margery Austin Turner, The Urban Institute

Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance

10:30 am      Break

11:00 am      Panel 2

Costs and Consequences of the Residential Racial Divide

An examination of the impact that segregation and integration have on the economic, social, and educational fabric of our neighborhoods and communities.

Kathy Clark, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

Deborah McKoy, Center for Cities and Schools, University of California - Berkeley

Eboni SternJohn, Minneapolis, MN

Willie Brown, State Farm Insurance

12:00 pm      Lunch

1:30 pm      Panel 3

40 Years after the Fair Housing Act:  Is the Federal Government Living Up to its Mandate?

The federal government has a legal obligation to both combat discrimination and promote integration. This panel examines the historical and current performance of HUD and other federal agencies with regard to fair housing.

Florence Roisman, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis

George Lipsitz, University of California - Santa Barbara

Jim McCarthy, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center

William Tisdale, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

2:30pm      Break

3:00 pm      Panel 4

Housing Choice and Access to Opportunity

In recent years, housing choice programs have been an increasing component of the work to promote integration. This panel examines the challenges that such programs present and ways to ensure both choice and equal opportunity. It also focuses on the programmatic and fair housing enforcement concerns that affect people with disabilities, and the effect that discrimination has on individuals and communities across the country.

Marca Bristo, Access Living

James Rosenbaum, Northwestern University

Bill Wilen, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Hector Gamboa, Spanish Coalition for Housing

Maria Kong, National Association of Real Estate Brokers

4:00: Additional Public Commentary

1. Bernie Kleina HOPE Inc., Wheaton, Illinois

2. Professor Maria Krysan University of Illinois at Chicago

3. Vince Curry, Executive Director Fair Housing Advocates, Akron, Ohio And possible victim of discrimination

4. Nancy Haynes, Executive Director Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

5. Doretha A. Ardoin, Grand Rapids MI Realtor, Coldwell Banker Schmidt (identification only)

6. Jill Fenner, Director Fair Housing Center of Nebraska

7. Valerie Fortner Chicago, disabled consumer

8. Michael Blue Chicago, disabled consumer

9. Gail Schecter Interfaith Housing Center

10. Clyde Murphy Chicago Lawyers Committee

5:00pm      Closing Remarks

Shanna Smith, President, National Fair Housing Alliance

5:15pm      Adjournment