The Trump Administration is engaged in a sustained effort to roll back basic
civil rights protections.
The Fair Housing Act requires local governments to take actions that undo historic patterns of segregation and other types of discrimination, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities. However, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released a proposal that would reverse a landmark 2015 regulation that provided jurisdictions and public housing authorities guidance and tools to identify and address harmful patterns of segregation, discriminatory practices, and disinvestment. That regulation, known as the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule, resulted from years of public input.
HUD's new proposal ignores that public input by gutting the 2015 AFFH Rule and instead taking an approach that would be completely ineffective at promoting fair housing. With this proposal, HUD is retreating from efforts to ensure communities and housing authorities address current and historical housing inequities and unjust policies.
At a time when the housing crisis disproportionately impacts low-income people of color, the racial wealth gap grows, African-American homeownership declines below levels when discrimination was legal, and people with disabilities struggle to find accessible homes, the promise and obligations of the Fair Housing Act are more important than ever.