Since its founding, LDF has utilized litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and community organizing strategies to stymie racial segregation and promote racial integration in housing. LDF has litigated fair housing cases in virtually every area of the housing market, often under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) of 1968, to ensure access to housing and opportunity for African Americans. The reported plan of Senator Mike Lee to introduce an amendment to the FY17 T-HUD/MilCon-VA appropriations bill would roll back one of the FHA’s most critical tools to redress structural inequality and racial segregation across the country.
Read LDF’s letter below urging the Senate to ensure that communities are equipped with the tools and assistance they need to promote racial integration and expand access to opportunity and to oppose any amendment that would seek to do otherwise.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.