Equal Access to Housing for All!
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a proposed rule change that would severely weaken the “disparate impact” protection under the Fair Housing Act, which requires banks, landlords and other housing providers to choose policies that apply fairly to all persons. 

The 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule was implemented to strengthen the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. The rule, which required communities and local governments receiving federal funding to submit fair housing assessments, was a way for HUD to ensure recipients were following the law and actively working to eradicate historical discrimination and segregation practices in housing. The changes encompassed in the rule were recommended by the Government Accountability Office and by HUD itself. 

Since issuance of the final rule, however, HUD has concluded that the current regulations are ineffective in helping program participants to meet this obligation. In January, HUD announced it was suspending local governments' obligation to comply with the rule until late 2020. This notice is part of HUD's continuing attempt to gut the Fair Housing Act, allowing public money to fund discrimination and segregation in violation of the law.

Please let HUD know how you feel about these proposed changes. You can easily cut and paste from the sample comments on this page (to the right), and send a message to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to let them know how you feel about this rule change!

Learn more about these changes below:
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