The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity will meet this morning for a hearing to examine fair housing issues in the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Robert Ney, R-Ohio, will hear testimony of the housing experiences of displaced individuals and families in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes, according to a press statement. The hearing will also examine current issues surrounding the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, specifically how recent technological advances have affected its enforcement. The Fair Housing Act, as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing, or the provision of brokerage services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental handicap, and familial status. The FHA, with some exemptions, applies to public and private housing including single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, and mobile homes. "M...
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