Thirteen Senators signed a letter to HUD Secretary Julián Castro, welcoming him and urging him to “prioritize finalizing improvements to HUD’s rule defining HUD program participants’ obligation to affirmatively further fair housing [AFFH].” The letter, dated August 5, was initiated by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and replaces a similar letter originally drafted for then-Secretary Shaun Donovan who has since become Director of the Office of Management and Budget (see Memo, 4/25).
“For more than 45 years, the Fair Housing Act has required grantees receiving federal housing or community development funds to administer these resources to ‘affirmatively further’ fair housing. We urge you to swiftly complete a final rule that provides clear guidance, new data tools, and improved oversight as outlined in HUD’s July 2013 proposal to ensure that all HUD grantees are working to make their communities more inclusive in the spirit of the Fair Housing Act,” wrote the Senators. HUD issued a proposed rule on July 19, 2013 (see Memo, 7/19/13).
The letter is at http://bit.ly/1oWNPBh.
More information about the proposed affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) rule, is at http://nlihc.org/issues/affh