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Tennessee Fair Housing

Tracey McCartney, Executive Director

Tracey McCartney joined the Tennessee Fair Housing Council in February 1998. Tracey is an attorney, admitted to the bars of both Alabama and Tennessee. She received a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1995. While in law school, she worked for 2½ years as a clerk/advocate for the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, where she gained valuable fair housing experience dealing with group homes/zoning and reasonable accommodation issues.

In September 1995, she became one of the inaugural employees of the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center, which was established in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1995 under a FHIP grant to the National Fair Housing Advocate to start three new fair housing groups. Tracey’s duties at the center included complaint intake and investigation, testing and education and outreach.

During her time at the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center, Tracey coordinated 516 individual testing visits in the areas of rental, sales and mortgage lending and assisted with 48 individual insurance tests. She also handled 141 individual complaints of housing discrimination (in addition to the hundreds of inquiries that implicated landlord-tenant or some other non-discrimination issue and were referred elsewhere), providing counseling on the law, testing, other types of investigation, conciliation, referral to HUD for investigation and referral to attorneys for litigation. She recruited and trained 90 testers for the center's enforcement program.

Since joining the Tennessee Fair Housing Council in February 1998, Tracey has overseen the day-to-day operations of the office. Her duties include setting the broad direction of the agency; supervising the enforcement staff on testing, case intake and litigation; and supervising the operation of the National Fair Housing Advocate web site at . She has received extensive training in fair housing from the National Fair Housing Alliance and at conferences sponsored by HUD and the John Marshall Law School.

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