The Trump Administration is proposing to roll back the clock on efforts to end housing discrimination and tackle segregation and the harms it causes to our families and our communities. It plans to do this by eliminating the 2015 “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule and replacing it with a rule aimed primarily at reversing local housing and land use controls. We must oppose this move! We need 50,000 people to unite with us and submit comments by March 16 telling the Trump administration to withdraw its harmful proposal.
In 1968, when it passed the Fair Housing Act, Congress made a promise to the American people that it would end discrimination in housing based on race, national origin and certain other characteristics, and that it would eliminate racial segregation — which government itself had done so much to create and sustain — and undo the lasting harms it caused. Congress gave HUD the job of carrying out this promise. It made HUD responsible for protecting the rights of individuals seeking homes. It also told HUD to make sure that the cities, counties and states it funds do not discriminate and that they take active steps to tackle segregation. This important protection is known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). HUD failed to do this job until 2015, when it adopted the first effective AFFH regulation.
Now, in the latest of the Trump administration’s attacks on fair housing, HUD has proposed a new rule that would effectively eliminate AFFH, making housing discrimination easier and entrenching housing segregation.
We need your help to stop this attack on fair housing! The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) has joined forces with other civil rights organizations to oppose HUD’s harmful proposal. We need 50,000 people to stand with us and submit comments by March 16 telling the Trump administration to withdraw its harmful proposal.
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What is “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH)?
AFFH is a provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act directing HUD to make sure neither it nor the cities, counties, states, and public housing agencies it funds, discriminate in their programs.
The goal of AFFH is to expand
housing choices and help make all
neighborhoods places of opportunity with assets and resources residents
need to flourish.
What Is The Fair Housing Act?
The Fair Housing Act, passed in 1968, seeks to end housing discrimination and promote diverse, inclusive communities by prohibiting discrimination against people seeking to rent or buy a home, obtain a mortgage, or seek housing assistance.
The Act prohibits discrimination
on the basis of
Why is HUD’s proposed AFFH rule bad for communities?
This proposed rule is not a fair housing rule at all.
It is a deregulation rule cloaked in affordable housing language masquerading as a fair housing rule.
It significantly weakens fair housing compliance, entrenches segregated housing patterns, and continues the status quo.
What can you do to help?
You can help by telling the Trump administration you oppose HUD’s harmful proposal.
Where you Live Matters
“The centrality of housing to people’s opportunities and life chances guarantees that virtually every issue concerning social justice is in some way a fair housing issue.” – George Lipsitz
Despite the Fair Housing Act, marginalized groups are often still excluded from access to quality and fair housing; this limits their access to good jobs, schools, transportation, and more.