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In the News

Our work has received generous attention from news media in the past twenty months. Below are some of the articles, radio, and TV programs.

The Facing Race series on King 5 TV (November 14, 2022) profiled the work we are doing while centering on the neighborhood of Lakeridge in Seattle. The report features volunteers at a Seattle law firm who are helping to identify racist documents.
In this UW video lecture, James Gregory details the history of racial exclusion and housing policy and is joined by State Representative Jamila Taylor to explain the new Covenant Homeownership Act (2023) that will compensate victims of housing discrimination.

"State Homeownership Program Could Provide Substantial Down Payment Assistance For Some, According To Recent Study, by Isabel Smith, Seattle Medium, May 21, 2024.

"Washington seeks to fix discrimination from racially restrictive property deeds, by Laurel Demkovich, Washington State Standard, April 29, 2024.

"Remedy for a Racist Past , by Samantha Wohfeil, The Insider, April 25, 2024.

"History uncovered: UW research finds thousands of past racial restrictions in Kitsap, by Peiyu Lin, Kitsap Sun, January 26, 2024.

"A new law addresses the harm done by decades of racist housing practices, by James Gregory, Washington Post, May 10, 2023.

"Big Win for Victims of Racist Restrictive Covenants, by James Gregory, Labor Online, May 12, 2023.

"New fee, loans aim to right ‘historic wrong’ of racist covenants in Washington state, Facing Race series on King 5 TV, Drew Mikkelsen reporting, May 15, 2023.

"State seeks to repair harm caused by racially restrictive real estate covenants, by Melissa Santos, Axios, May 8, 2023.

"Racist covenants excluded many from homeownership. WA lawmakers seek to remedy 'decades of direct harms', KUOW public radio, March 6, 2023.

"WA Senate OKs assistance for homebuyers affected by racist covenants, by Heidi Groover, Seattle Times, April 10, 2023.

"WA bill to address housing discrimination, including previously in some Longview neighborhoods, by Katherine Fairbanks, Longview Daily News, March 13, 2023.

"Study finds 1,500 racial covenants on Whatcom properties, by Ralph Schwartz, Cascadia Daily News, February 20, 2023.

"UW, Eastern Washington researchers hunt down hidden racist history in property deeds, by Vivian McCall, KNKX public radio, February 12, 2023.

"WA considers new way to address legacy of racist property covenants, by Heidi Groover, Seattle Times, February 12, 2023.

"Can WA Mend Past Housing Racism?, by Patricia Murphy and Brooklyn Jamerson-Flowers, KUOW public radio, March 6, 2023.

"Pass bill to redress historic housing discrimination in WA, Editorial Board, Seattle Times, February 13, 2023.

"Rectifying sins of past right path, by Greg Jayne, The Columbian, February 20, 2023.

"There are 4,000 racist housing covenants in Pierce County. You can find them on a map, by Matt Driscoll, Tacoma News Tribune, February 9, 2023.

"UW project has uncovered thousands of racially discriminatory housing covenants in Washington state – and it’s not done yet, by Lauren Kirschman, UW News, February 6, 2023.

"Unwelcome in the Neighborhood" by Melodie Little, Eastern Magazine, January 2023.

"Washington history project has found tens of thousands of racially discriminatory housing covenants" Spokane Public Radio KBPX, January 12, 2023.

"Covenant project unearths the threads of historical housing discrimination in Washington" by Shawn Vestal, Spokane Spokesman-Review, December 11, 2022

"How technology is helping remove racist language in Washington state property deeds" by Lisa Stiffler, Geek Wire, November 28, 2022

"Your home may have a racist restrictive covenant. This team will identify them in Whatcom"
by Denver Pratt, Bellingham Herald, February 27, 2022.

"Conversations series begins with ‘Towards Inclusive Community’"
by Andy Nystrom, Mercer Island Reporter, February 7, 2022.

"King Co. enables owners to remove discriminatory deed restrictions"
by Sunny Wang, Real Change News, December 29, 2021.

"Does the deed to your Seattle-area home contain racist language? Next year, you can formally remove it"
by Amanda Zhou, Seattle Times, December 15, 2021)

"Home, Not So Sweet Home"
by Nancy Joseph, Perspectives, December 3, 2021)

In a Seattle Times article, Heidi Groover explains the implications of the 2021 law while profiling our racial restrictive covenants maps and database: "Racist restrictions in old home deeds across Washington state will get expanded scrutiny", Seattle Times, May 1, 2021


Mercer Island Community meeting

In a community meeting sponsored by Mercer Island City council (February 2, 2022) and attended by nearly 300 residents, research associates Jazzlynn Woods, Sophia Dowling, and Nicholas Boren explained the history of segregation and racial restrictive covenants.