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Register Today | Collateral Damage: The Consequences of Racial Bias in the Residential Appraisal Process - May 19, 2021

Join the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) in a National Fair Housing Forum focusing on how fair housing laws can be used to challenge discriminatory appraisals and help build wealth in communities of color.

Stories of bias in the appraisal process have raised the uncomfortable question about how far the United States has yet to go to ensure that everyone can access housing and lending markets free from discrimination. Respectively, the average Black and Latino family has just one-tenth and one-eighth of the wealth of the average White family, much of which is related to home equity. According to researchers and anecdotal evidence, there are stark differences in how properties owned by people of color are valued compared to those owned by Whites. If appraisal bias goes unaddressed, households of color will never be able to reach economic parity with White households.

Date and Time

May 19, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:30 PM ET

Learning Objectives

Forum attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the history of appraisal valuations in communities of color and its impact on those residents and communities.
  • Understand the Fair Housing Act’s provisions for non-discriminatory appraisals of dwellings.
  • Identify how discrimination may occur in the appraisal valuation process.
  • Explain the impact of discriminatory appraisals on generational wealth.
  • Identify the methods by which a discriminatory appraisal may be challenged.

Who Should Attend?

Forums target Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) organizations and Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies, and other partners interested in fair housing.

Moderators and Panelists

Learn more about this forum's panel of fair housing professionals.

About the Forums

Forums are online conversations designed to allow multi-directional interaction between HUD and its FHIP and FHAP partners around emerging fair housing issues regarding processing complaints, conducting investigations, and managing agencies. Topics will evolve based on partner needs and interests.

Learn more about National Fair Housing Forums.
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