FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2021
Media Contact: Izzy Woodruff | 202-898-1661 | IWoodruff@nationalfairhousing.org
National Fair Housing Alliance Supports HUD Rule to Ensure Fair Housing for All Americans
Washington, D.C. — The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) joined with other civil rights, consumer advocacy, housing, and community development organizations this week to voice strong support for the finalization of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Proposed Rule titled “Reinstatement of HUD’s Discriminatory Effects Standard.” Morgan Williams, NFHA’s General Counsel, issued the following statement:
“By implementing this rule, HUD and the Biden Administration will reinstitute a strong disparate impact standard that levels the playing field, prevents discrimination, and ensures millions of Americans have access to safe housing. Families throughout the nation have long faced explicit discrimination and unintended discriminatory outcomes in housing when trying to obtain affordable insurance, access credit, or secure fair and affordable rent. The action proposed by HUD would take meaningful steps toward preventing this discrimination and ensure the most vulnerable in our society have a roof over their heads.
“The Rule issued by the Trump Administration in 2020 prevents the Fair Housing Act from carrying out its intended purpose of preventing discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, or disability. Numerous lawsuits have questioned the 2020 Rule’s validity, and though it remains in place for now, the 2020 Rule fails to ensure equitable housing is achievable for American families. Reinstating the 2013 Rule will ensure HUD achieves the goals of the Fair Housing Act, and correctly codifies case law.
“NFHA strongly encourages HUD to enforce the laws within its jurisdiction to achieve the goals of the Fair Housing Act. While the 2013 Rule will reinstitute a meaningful disparate impact standard, we must continue working to prevent discrimination and ensure that access to affordable housing is available to all families in our nation.
“We join other groups in urging HUD to recodify the 2013 Rule without delay, and we look forward to working closely with HUD to end housing discrimination once and for all.”
Click here to read comments submitted by NFHA and 76 other organizations.
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the country’s only national civil rights organization dedicated solely to eliminating all forms of housing and lending discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities for all people. Through its homeownership, credit access, tech equity, education, member services, public policy, community development, and enforcement initiatives, NFHA works to dismantle longstanding barriers to equity and build diverse, inclusive, well-resourced communities.