Eighty-five private non-profit fair housing organizations, many operating on shoestring budgets, have investigated almost twice as many fair housing complaints as all relevant government agencies combined, according to a new report by the National Fair Housing Alliance.
“The Big Picture: How Fair Housing Organizations Challenge Systemic and Institutionalized Discrimination,” NFHA’s 2011 Fair Housing Trends Report, notes that while the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken some significant steps over the past year to address discrimination in the housing market, a backlog of fair housing complaints continues to exist at the federal, state and local levels. Annual data on fair housing complaints show that private organizations investigated 18,665 complaints while federal, state, and local agencies combined processed 10,186.
The report credits HUD with improving its staffing and training practices and DOJ with taking on larger fair housing cases.
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