Senators have until May 16 to sign a “dear colleague” letter from Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) encouraging HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to “swiftly complete” a final rule regarding a jurisdiction’s obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). HUD issued a proposed rule on July 19, 2013 (see Memo, 7/19/13).
“HUD should carefully consider input it has already received and move forward in assessing public comments…so that a final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule may be implemented in all communities as quickly as possible,” writes Senator Brown. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Al Franken (D-MN) have already signed the letter.
Advocates are urged to contact their Senators to sign the letter to Secretary Donovan. Senators can contact Megan Cheney, Megan_Cheney@brown.senate.gov to sign the letter. The deadline is May 16.
A “dear colleague” letter signed by 49 Members of the House of Representatives was sent to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on May 8. Initiated by Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Al Green (D-TX), the letter (see Memo, 4/4) encourages the Secretary to “move forward expeditiously” in issuing a final rule regarding jurisdictions’ obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.
Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, signed the “dear colleague” letter and sent a separate letter, also on May 8. “I applaud the Department on the issuance of this proposed rule in an effort to provide stronger guidance to grantees regarding their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing,” wrote Ms. Waters. “It is essential that the final rule recognize that affirmatively furthering fair housing has to, in addition to its efforts to reduce racially and ethnically segregated neighborhoods, also include devoting resources to improve high-poverty, high-minority communities by preserving and improving affordable housing.”
View the House “dear colleague” letter to Secretary Donovan at: http://bit.ly/1nzRhlJ
View Ranking Member Waters’ letter to Secretary Donovan at: http://bit.ly/1mRsaqH
Get more information about the proposed AFFH rule is at: http://nlihc.org/issues/affh