Sarah Hassmer is a senior counsel for income security for the National Women’s Law Center, advocating for policies to increase economic security for low-income women, children, and families. Her portfolio includes federal and state tax policies, federal anti-poverty programs such as food and housing assistance, and the 2020 Census. Sarah received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. in political science from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.
Blog Post List
October 16, 2019
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently proposed a rule that would gut a long-standing civil rights protection called “disparate impact theory” under the Fair Housing Act that has offered recourse for countless people experiencing housing discrimination and segregation. Disparate impact allows people to challenge housing policies or practices that have a discriminatory impact on them because of their race, color, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or religion – even if the policy or practice appears on its face to apply to everyone equally. HUD’s...