With hate-related incidents and discrimination on the rise, it is important to report them so we can better protect our society from being silenced by intimidation. Since the 2017 presidential election, there has been an influx of hate incidents nationwide. In 1968, The United States of America took stand against housing discrimination and for nationwide housing integration by passing the Fair Housing Act.
The Fair Housing Rights Center, in alliance with NFHA and other fair housing agencies, is fulfilling its mandate to expand the use of the act as a valuable tool with which to prosecute those who commit housing-related hate activities.
A home is a place where people feel safe, but when a home is attacked, that safety is replaced with distress. From 2005 to 2015, the number one location where hate crimes occurred was either in or near a home. The Southern Poverty Law Center indicated that there are 917 active hate groups in the United States. The Fair Housing Act provides a way to counter this escalation. Hate incidents cannot survive in the face of active reporting and vigorous enforcement.
Under the Act, it is unlawful to coerce, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a person engaging in an activity protected under the Fair Housing Act. For the act to be unlawful, the person who commits the act must have done it in part due to the victim being a member of a protected class. It is also unlawful for someone to injure, intimidate, or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of his or her fair housing rights.
Unfortunately, the FBI’s yearly report of hate crimes grossly unnderrepresents incidents of violence, threats, and bullying across America. By sharing what you experienced or witnessed, you can educate the public, empower others, show service providers where help is needed, and strengthen our advocacy. Please share your story with Communities Against Hate (it can be anonymous). Click the button below to access the Reporting Form.