Six Members of Congress, led by Representative Keith Ellison (D-M), initiated a “dear colleague” letter for Members of the House to sign a letter encouraging HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to “move forward expeditiously” in issuing a final rule regarding jurisdictions’ obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The other five are: Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Al Green (D-TX), Rúben Hinojosa (D-TX), Gwen Moore (D- WI), and Terri Sewell (D-AL). HUD issued a proposed rule on July 19, 2013 (see Memo, 7/19/13).
“We urge you to move swiftly to enact a final rule, and to ensure that HUD has the tools in place to support its successful implementation,” write the Members. While the letter supports the proposed rule, it also points out several ways a final rule could improve upon the proposed rule. These include establishing benchmarks to measure a jurisdiction’s progress, clarifying consequences for a jurisdiction’s failure to fulfill the obligation to further fair housing, and strengthening the process by which the public can raise concerns.
Advocates are urged to contact their Members of Congress to sign the letter before the deadline of April 25. Members can contact Carol Wayman with Mr. Ellison at email@example.com, or Gregg Orton with Mr. Green at Gregg.firstname.lastname@example.org,gov.
Information about the proposed AFFH rule is at: http://nlihc.org/issues/affh