HUD Proposal Would Weaken Fair Housing Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) last week published a proposed rule that would weaken the Fair Housing Act enforcement tool to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH).  

The AFFH tool, which was implemented in 2015, provides jurisdictions and public housing agencies with clear compliance standards and tools to meet their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.

The proposed rule would eliminate the 2015 AFFH regulation and replace it with one that does not address segregation or provide clear standards or a format to help jurisdictions or public housing agencies identify and cure housing discrimination.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the proposed rule would “use misguided measures to determine if a jurisdiction is marked by the impact of past housing discrimination or current discrimination.”

LeadingAge opposes the proposed rule as it further buries effective compliance and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and is working with key stakeholders to address these concerns.

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