Headlines & Hot Topics
January 17, 2019
HOUSING
Similar to the DOJ's recent threat to disparate impact, HUD has been seeking to re-evaluate the principle for many months. Disparate impact is a major cornerstone of fair housing enforcement. (Curbed)
Throughout the U.S., discrimination from landlords could be preventing voucher holders from moving into high-opportunity areas. (CityLab)
ProPublica's database of hate crimes and bias incidents includes over 100 instances of Black Americans being threatened in their own homes, illustrating the tension surrounding neighborhood integration that has existed throughout this country's history. (ProPublica)
ACCESSIBILITY & DISABILITY RIGHTS
Faced with chronic unemployment, deaf people are both starting their own businesses and pushing companies to become more deaf and sign language-friendly. Deaf-owned businesses and fully accommodating workplaces are slowly but surely gaining traction, thanks to deaf advocates. (NPR)
Technological innovations are taking over cities, but they are often inaccessible to people with disabilities.“No city leader says, 'I’d like to build a city full of barriers and make it very frustrating.' It’s just a matter of making them aware of problems, having the right tools, and helping agencies coordinate efforts.” (MIT Technology Review, GIF warning)
Dockless scooters are the latest technological innovation to take over cities. However, in San Diego, residents with disabilities have found sidewalks inaccessible and navigating with mobility devices even more difficult due to the presence of the scooters. (Next City)
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
In Virginia, it is possible for LGBT individuals to be discriminated against in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Equality Virginia is working to change that by advocating for a law that would protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  (Washington Blade)
A Muslim family wishing to celebrate the birth of a newborn baby faced discrimination and harassment from staff members at a Virginia hospital. Staff may have been objecting to the full-length veils worn by some family members. (NBC Washington)
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