Featured guests Jack Dougherty, Professor of Educational Studies at Trinity College, and Maria Cuerda, Fair Housing Specialist at the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, led the conversation. Professor Dougherty defined “red-lining” as the refusal of services, like a loan or insurance, to a person because they live in a certain area. Red-lining originated in the 1930s, when government sponsored Home Owners’ Loan Corporation identified communities worthy of mortgage lending. Communities with the lowest rating, often communities of color, were outlined in red. Ms. Cuerda said this practice and housing discrimination still exist. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center identifies housing discrimination cases and holds those responsible — realtors, loan agencies etc. — accountable. Dr. Dougherty emphasized solutions including enforcing legislation like the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
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