The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a final rule regarding the Fair Housing Act’s provisions to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The rule includes tools that will make it easier for communities to identify and overcome segregation, concentrated poverty, and other barriers to equal housing opportunity.
President Obama spoke about the rule and its importance in his weekly address from the White House, entitled “Making Our Communities Stronger through Fair Housing.”
The new AFFH regulations are designed to guide jurisdictions in how to best comply with their existing obligations under the FHA, facilitate local decision-making on fair housing priorities, and set goals for affordable housing and community development.
We applaud this new rule and its efforts to use the Fair Housing Act as it was originally intended. “From its inception, the Fair Housing Act (and subsequent laws reaffirming its principles) has not only prohibited discrimination in housing related activities and transactions but has also provided, through the duty to affirmatively further fair housing, for meaningful actions to be taken to overcome the legacy of segregation, unequal treatment, and historic lack of access to opportunity in housing” (from page 2 of the final rule).
Visit HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing webpage to learn more.
- Melissa Harris Perry Show, “Imagining a United States with Fair Housing”
- On Point (NPR), “A New Way to De-Segregate Housing in America”
- To the Point (PRI), “Fight against Housing Discrimination Gets a New Lease on Life”
- Morning Edition (NPR), “White House Announces Rule Strengthening Fair Housing Practices“
- HuffPost Live, “White House Pushes for New Fair Housing Rules”