Jake Lilien

Counsel for Fair Housing Enforcement
jlilien@ncrc.org  202-383-7711

Jake is NCRC’s Counsel for Fair Housing Enforcement. As an attorney, Jake has focused his career on anti-discrimination and civil rights issues. He first began his involvement with NCRC in 2013.

Jake holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was awarded the Nelson B. Seidman Leadership Scholarship.

Jake is a trained mediator, and an advocate for the greater use of alternative dispute resolution. As a law student, he and his team partner were the national champions of the American Bar Association’s 2010 Representation in Mediation Tournament.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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