January 26, 2021

Brown Applauds Biden Administration’s Commitment to Combat Housing Discrimination, Enforce Fair Housing Act

Brown: We Must Keep Up The Fight To Make Our Housing System More Just

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – presumed incoming chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – released the following statement after President Biden signed four executive orders, including one that would direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fully implement our fair housing laws:

“More than 50 years after Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, access to housing remains unequal, said Senator Brown. “The inequities we see today are the result of government policies and systemic discrimination in the financial and housing system that locked too many people, and especially Black and brown households, out of housing opportunities. I applaud President Biden for taking swift action to direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development to fulfill the promise of the Fair Housing Act.”

Senator Brown has made fair housing and racial justice a key component of his Banking and Housing Committee agenda. Additionally, in October, Brown released a Civil Rights Report outlining how the Trump Administration systematically undermined 50 years of fair housing progress.