Putting the Fair Back into Fair Housing
April 13 • 12 – 1:30 p.m.
April is National Fair Housing Month, and HAR is joining the nation in celebrating the passage of the Fair Housing Act in April 1968. Fair housing is more than just words, it is a commitment to making sure consumers are free to choose housing without unlawful discrimination. Real estate professionals often ask, What does “fair” really mean when it comes to housing, and how do we apply this law in 2021?
We know you have questions, so we are providing you the opportunity to ask the experts. If you want to be part of the conversation, Join us for an in depth discussion as our panelists discuss “Putting the Fair back into Fair Housing.”
Laurie Benner, National Fair Housing Alliance
Laurie is the Associate VP of Programs, and is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating innovative national programs designed to advance research, programs, and policies that provide equitable access to homeownership, housing, economic, and other opportunities. My primary focus is to spearhead the Keys Unlock Dreams initiative – a 10-city program aimed at expanding affordable and fair housing options; increasing the homeownership rate and related benefits for people and communities of color; preventing an unbalanced recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; and closing the racial wealth and homeownership gaps.
Alexia Smokler NAR
Alexia is the Senior Policy Representative for Fair Housing at the National Association of REALTORS®. Alexia represents NAR on fair housing-related regulatory and legislative matters. She previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow and Program Analyst at HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Before joining HUD, she served on the Washington, DC and Detroit staffs of Congressman John Conyers, Jr. Alexia has worked with a number of civil rights organizations including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Equal Rights Center, and Legal Momentum (previously, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).