About the Fair Housing & Community Development Project
The mission of the Fair Housing & Community Development Project (FHCD) is to fight discrimination in housing through enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and to promote greater opportunity for low income people of color by ensuring that development is equitable and inclusive and that low-income people of color have access to crucial resources and meaningful housing choice.
Equitable development means that commercial or residential development results in community benefits such as affordable housing and good jobs that prevent displacement of low-income residents and do not expose low income communities of color to environmental hazards.
Housing choice refers to the opportunity for low-income and minority families to live in diverse communities – including both low-income and high-opportunity communities – that have quality schools, public transportation, good jobs, and healthy food.
FHCD promotes residential integration, affordable housing, environmental justice, community benefits, transit equity, living wage and local hiring, tenants’ rights, and integrated housing for persons with disabilities.
FHCD pursues its mission by partnering with law firms, law schools, and other legal services organizations to provide pro bono assistance to individuals and nonprofit organizations to enforce the Fair Housing Act and provide community-based advocacy, policy research and advocacy, and transactional legal services.