NLIHC and other members of the Fight for Housing Justice campaign hosted a webinar on February 13 about HUD’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Speakers provided a brief history of housing segregation and of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, reviewed HUD’s previous 2015 AFFH rule, summarized the administration’s proposed rule, and discussed how to take action. The recording and slides are available online.
HUD’s proposed AFFH rule would gut the landmark 2015 AFFH rule that provided guidance and tools to state and local governments and public housing agencies to help them better identify and address harmful patterns – often created by government policy – of segregation, discrimination, and disinvestment. The 2015 rule was developed over several years with input from a wide variety of stakeholders.
The proposed rule is not a fair housing rule. It emphasizes increasing the supply of housing, conflating “affordable housing” with “fair housing choice.” It does not ensure that any increase in housing supply is even affordable to low-income and extremely-low income households, much less be available to protected classes people that face of many obstacles to fair housing choice (see Memo, 1/13). Public comments on the proposed rule are due March 16.
Look for sample comment letters soon at: https://www.fightforhousingjustice.org
Additional resources, news and op-eds, and a comment portal are at: www.FightForHousingJustice.org.
The webinar recording is at: https://bit.ly/2wa13qP
The webinar slides are at: https://bit.ly/39rWlmO
Submit a comment opposing the proposed rule at: https://bit.ly/2tXSX41