Senator Brown and Representative Waters Criticize HUD’s Proposed AFFH Rule

Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) each issued statements on January 8 condemning the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Both leaders characterize the proposal as a weakening of the current rule as part of the administration’s efforts to dismantle fair housing enforcement and protections.

“Instead of working to identify and overcome patterns of housing segregation and inequality, the Trump Administration pretends they don’t exist,” said Senator Brown in his statement. “Secretary Carson must stop undermining HUD’s oversight of communities’ fair housing efforts and should not move forward with this rule.”

“This proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule is yet another attack on fair housing protections that will be detrimental to all people, including minorities, women, families with children, and persons with disabilities,” said Chair Waters in her press release. “President Trump and Secretary Carson have made it clear through a series of actions that their priority is to roll back the clock on civil rights by declaring war on fair housing and efforts to foster more inclusive communities.”

NLIHC, the National Housing Law Project, and other partners are leading an effort to oppose this new rule through the Fight For Housing Justice campaign. Advocates can submit comments, access talking points and other resources, and catch up on news at:

Read Ranking Member Brown’s statement at:

Read Chair Waters’s statement at:

Learn more about the AFFH rule at: