The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact standard in Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs reaffirmed 40 years of settled precedent under the Fair Housing Act. The disparate impact standard is a core mechanism through which housing rights are protected and structural discrimination can be … [Read more...] about ICP v. Texas Amicus Briefs
PRRAC in the Courts
Most of PRRAC’s advocacy is at the federal and state executive branch level – working to implement civil rights mandates in housing, education, and environmental justice. We have also been occasionally involved in litigation, as amici curiae in a number of key Supreme Court and appellate cases, sometimes convening or working with expert witnesses, and on one occasion participating as a plaintiff (as part of the coalition that brought a challenge to Maryland’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program). More recently, in response to the unlawful suspension of important civil rights rules that PRRAC worked so hard to secure during the Obama administration, we have joined as co-counsel in two direct litigation challenges to HUD’s authority, Open Communities Alliance et al v. Carson and National Fair Housing Alliance et al v. Carson (see below).
Over the years, we have joined our civil rights partners in raising key perspectives on civil rights issues before the courts. Amicus brief in City of Minneapolis v Fletcher Properties (Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2018) (Source of Income Discrimination) Amicus Brief in City of Oakland v. Wells Fargo (proximate cause under the Fair Housing Act, N.D. Cal. 2017) Amicus … [Read more...] about Other Civil and Human Rights Amicus Briefs
Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs, 2010 WL 3766714 (N.D. Tex. 2010) ICP filed suit against Texas’ state housing finance agency for perpetuating racial segregation in Dallas and other large urban areas through their administration of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. ICP alleges that the defendant has disproportionately … [Read more...] about Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs, 2010 WL 3766714 (N.D. Tex. 2010)
PROCEEDINGS: FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW ORDER RE REMEDIES AFTER BENCH TRIAL After deciding in favor of the United States of America (the “government”) in part in its summary judgment Order, the Court received evidence during an eight-day bench trial, and heard closing arguments on this day. Based on the record before it, the Court makes the following … [Read more...] about “Duroville” U.S. vs. Duro Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and Order of Remedy (April 2009)