Courtney Anderson, Neighborhood Planning Unit, health desparities

Anderson Speaks on Fair Housing at Federal Reserve Bank

Courtney L. Anderson
Associate Professor of Law

In November, associate professor Courtney Anderson was an invited participant in roundtable discussion of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The event, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, was entitled “Fair Housing: A Look Back and Forward at Racial Equity in Atlanta (and the Southeast)” and brought together community leaders, scholars and practitioners from private, public and non-profit sectors on this complex issue. The event included a keynote speech by Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Anderson spoke on best practices for the creation of affordable housing in metropolitan areas. “The Fair Housing Act plays an integral role in prohibiting not only the intentional discrimination in the acquisition, financing, and renting of housing, but also acts that negatively and disparately impact protected classes,” she said. “The proactive language in the Act requiring the government to ‘affirmatively further fair housing’ commits our leadership to created more integrated and equitable neighborhoods, which is a necessary step to achieve health equity and to promote public health.”