Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has introduced an amendment to the House Appropriations bill H.R. 4745 that would prohibit any FY15 funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. Advocates are urged to contact their Member of Congress to oppose the Gosar amendment.
The long-awaited proposed rule to improve the obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) was published for comment on July 19, 2013. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or handicap – the “protected classes” of people. The Act also requires HUD’s program participants to take steps to actively overcome historic patterns of segregation and promote fair housing choice.
Major features of the proposed rule include:
- Replacing the current Analysis of Impediments (AI), which has no format or standards, with a standardized Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH).
- Providing comprehensive, nationally uniform data from HUD.
- Incorporating language in the Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) and PHA Plan regulations that directly ties those plans’ priority setting, commitment of resources, and specific activities to the AFH.
- Requiring the AFH to be submitted to HUD for review and acceptance (AIs were not submitted to or reviewed by HUD) well in advance of preparing a ConPlan or PHA Plan so that the AFH informs the priorities, strategies, and future activities covered by those plans.
More information about the proposed AFFH rule is at: http://nlihc.org/issues/affh