This resource outlines how the proposed changes to the disparate impact rule will undermine efforts to give people with arrest and conviction records a fair chance at the housing they need to leave the
criminal legal system behind them.
Comment Letter Templates
About Comment Templates:
Individualized comments are critical, so please personalize content to the extent you can. A few prompts are included in each template.
Template letters only address a few of the many reasons the Proposed Rule should be withdrawn; we encourage you to discuss additional problems with the Proposed Rule.
Your letter will be more impactful if you also talk about why disparate impact is important in your community and to your life and work.
"Office Hours" PowerPoint Slides
Talking points and tips for Commenters
HUD proposed rule
Inclusive Communities Decision (2015)
Western Center on Law & Poverty, Statement on Trump Administration's Proposed Rule Change for Fair Housing (August 19, 2019)
National Housing Law Project, Statement on HUD's Publication of its Proposed Changes Regarding Disparate Impact (August 19, 2019)
Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Trump Administration's Proposal to Dismantle Core Civil Rights Protections Would Fuel Housing Discrimination (August 19, 2019)
"The proposed rule assumes racism and discrimination are things of the past, and that all that we need to do now is passively denounce overt racism. That fantasy ignores the reality of discrimination in the contemporary United States, particularly within the housing market." - Western Center on Law & Poverty