Representative Waters Introduces Fair Housing Bill

House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced the “Restoring Fair Housing Protections Eliminated by HUD Act of 2018” (H.R. 6220) on June 26. The proposal to enforce fair housing rights was crafted in response to HUD’s suspension of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and other efforts by the Trump administration to scale back fair housing protections.

The bill would reinstate the AFFH rule and the fair housing assessment tool that jurisdictions need to conduct Assessments of Fair Housing and would expand fair housing protected classes to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would also restore to HUD’s new mission statement words related to ensuring housing markets are “free from discrimination,” which the administration proposed to remove. NLIHC supports H.R. 6220.

Read the full text of the bill at:

See Representative Waters’s press release here: