Bryan Greene

Trailblazers Podcast

Racial Bias in Housing

Bryan Greene knows what discrimination looks like, especially in housing. But how do we end racial bias in housing so that housing is equally available to everyone?  Bryan handled many discrimination cases while he managed HUD’s fair housing policy and practices. He lets us know what the current impediments are to prevent discrimination today in both rental and sales housing. His chapter two takes him to the National Association of Realtors with a mission to educate and promote fair housing within the real estate industry. You will be fascinated by what has succeeded and failed in the area of discrimination from sunset towns to communication today about diversity and inclusion.

Top Takeaways:

  • Understanding how discrimination surface against different groups of people in the housing sector
  • The importance of accountability when it comes to changing discrimination in housing willingly
  • How to train and educate people on the implementation of fair housing policy to end racial biases

Listen in to learn the importance of training people on the implementation of the fair housing policy to end racial discrimination in the housing sector.

" "There is a lot that we can do within the industry to start changing our practices, and to be more conscious of what we are doing. Also, to be able to change the culture and address some of the issues voluntarily and knowingly is going to make the biggest difference." -Bryan Greene

Bryan Greene is the director of the Fair Housing Policy at the National Association of Realtors (NAR). He represents NAR on all fair-housing-related federal regulatory and legislative matters advancing the interests of consumers and the real estate industry. He also serves as the staff executive of NAR’s new 45-member Fair Housing Policy Committee.

Before joining NAR, Bryan served for ten years as the highest-ranking career official in HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), where he oversaw the policy direction and operational management of the 600-person office enforcing the nation’s housing anti-discrimination laws. He also managed HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) and HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).

Bryan was formerly the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). In this role, he worked to reduce regulatory barriers to affordable housing, reforming the housing-choice voucher program to make it work better for residents and landlords, and helping housing-choice-voucher residents access communities with more economic opportunity.

Bryan was the 2007 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, the highest federal honor bestowed upon federal senior executives for outstanding service.

Learn about the hidden ways that racial discrimination happens which makes it hard to point it out.

Key Moments:

Bryan describes two great events of his career which include representing the US government during a human rights conference in Geneva and spending his career-enhancing the fair housing act [2:20]

He talks about the steps he has taken to help end discrimination in housing ads in online market places [4:41]

He explains how discrimination is hidden making it hard to point it out [9:18]

The actions that we need to take up to change our practices towards discrimination and biases voluntarily [11:33]

Bryan narrates what he has witnessed in community discriminatory policies that have racial effects and what action the department of justice has taken [13:39]

The importance of figuring out lawful and realistic ways that agents can talk about schools with clients which has become a racial proxy [15:05]

Bryan mentions some of the things they’re doing to train on biases to implement the fair housing policy [21:14]

Why we need to continue implementing fair housing policy to remove the ugly racial discrimination legacy in the sector [24:19]

Some of the important conversations around racial discrimination that we need to have [27:01]

Bryan advises young people to follow their passion and seek out those who have the same interests as them [34:02]

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