Disparate Impact, VAWA and Local Barriers to Housing: New Developments Impacting Affordable Housing Providers

Event date: 
Originally Recorded: September 17, 2015
Duration: 1 Hour (45-Minute Presentation / 15-Minute Q&A)


This webinar is now available for on-demand viewing.  Please REGISTER NOW to view the recorded webinar.

This complimentary webinar will cover key legal and regulatory developments in the area of Fair Housing discrimination focused on assisted housing and the impact of such developments on:

  • property owners
  • managers
  • regulators
  • lawyers and other assisted housing professionals 

Developments Covered in This Presentation Include:

  • The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., that disparate impact claims are recognizable under the Fair Housing Act.
  • The new HUD Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule recently announced by President Obama requiring local governments and states that receive federal housing grants to ensure that housing initiatives advance the goals of the Fair Housing Act.
  • The HUD Proposed Rule changes implementing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as reauthorized in 2013, which provides for enhanced statutory protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and expands the VAWA protections to all HUD’s public housing programs.

Objectives of this Webinar Include:

  • Discuss and assess the short-term and long-term impact on public housing agencies and affordable housing professionals, of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act.
  • Discuss and identify whether the Supreme Court’s decision suggests steps housing providers can take to prevent disparate impact claims.
  • Assess and identify how the Supreme Court’s decision impacts public agencies and private developers.
  • Describe renewed concerns about how past policy decisions have resulted in patterns of racial segregation in the nation’s housing.
  • Explain how HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (“AFFH”) Rules attempt to eliminate those barriers.
  • Identify whether the AFFH rules open up new opportunities for private development in “high opportunity” areas.
  • Explain the new duties on housing providers under HUD’s Proposed Violations Against Women Act (“VAWA”) Regulations.
REGISTER NOW to view the on-demand recording, and make sure you avoid discrimination claims after the high court’s ‘Disparate Impact’ Ruling.
About the Speakers: 

Harry J. Kelly
Partner, Nixon Peabody

Harry Kelly’s practice focuses on transactional and litigation aspects of housing, government contracts, fair housing and accessible design, financial institutions and bankruptcy law. He counsels owners of firms—particularly those active in real estate and housing—with respect to issues related to the operations of their businesses. He also advises government contracts clients on transactional and regulatory issues and litigates claims against government agencies.


Presenter Contact Information:

Harry J. Kelly
Washington, DC