STATEMENT: Legal Progress Vice President Michele Jawando on Supreme Court Ruling in Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project
Washington D.C. – In response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project that “disparate impact” suits remain permitted under the federal Fair Housing Act, Michele L. Jawando, Vice President of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:
We are pleased that the Supreme Court recognized decades of long-standing precedent in today’s ruling, ensuring the survival of an important tool to combat discrimination in America’s housing market. Equal opportunity and diverse, thriving communities are crucial to our national prosperity. Even unintentional housing discrimination denies families access to the social, economic, and health benefits of appropriate housing opportunities. We are at our strongest when our communities are more diverse and inclusive.
Upholding the disparate impact standard respects decades of precedent and marks an important milestone for equality and inclusiveness in America.
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