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Fair Housing Advocates Decry Repeal Of Regulation Aimed At Diversifying Suburbs (Forbes)

July 30, 2020

President Trump claimed victory Wednesday in revoking an Obama-era housing regulation designed to eliminate racial disparities in the suburbs. He took to Twitter to announce, “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.”

Trump said his recent decision to replace an Obama administration rule targeting racial housing discrimination would boost suburban housing prices and reduce crime. Read the full article here.


How Evelyn Sanguinetti plans to fight for fair housing in the suburbs (Chicago Daily Herald)

July 29, 2020

She’s best-known across Illinois as the former lieutenant governor to Gov. Bruce Rauner. She’s a former Wheaton City Council member and briefly was a candidate for U.S. House in the 6th District.

But now Evelyn Sanguinetti is returning to her roots as a lawyer by leading HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton as its executive director. Read the full article here.


Trump says he’ll keep low-income housing out of suburbs as he rescinds Obama-era anti-segregation regulation (MarketWatch)

July 29, 2020

President Donald Trump argues that home prices are going to increase now that his administration has rescinded an Obama-era housing regulation.

On Wednesday, President Trump took to Twitter to say he had rescinded the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration in 2015. Read the full article here.


Supreme Court may hold key to fair housing for LGBT+ Americans (Reuters)

July 27, 2020

In the six years since she was kicked out by family, student Aramis Huff has struggled to find somewhere to call home.

If her mother was outright abusive, the outside world hasn’t been much kinder to the 24-year-old Black woman who identifies as queer: Huff says she has faced repeated rejection from potential roommates due to her race and sexuality. Read the full article here.


HUD Eliminates Obama Era Fair Housing Rule (Mortgage News Daily)

July 24, 2020

It had been threatened from the beginning of the Trump administration, but this week the hammer fell. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has announced the formal termination of the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued in 2015. In a press release Carson called the regulation “complicated, costly, and ineffective.” Read the full article here.


Trump urges ‘suburban housewives’ to support his plan to bring back segregation (The American Independent)

July 23, 2020

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era policy aimed at desegregating and diversifying the suburbs, the latest attempt by Donald Trump to both undo his predecessor’s legacy, as well as inject race into the political discourse. Click here to read more.


Trump Moves to Roll Back Obama Program Addressing Housing Discrimination (New York Times)

July 23, 2020

The Trump administration moved on Thursday to eliminate an Obama-era program intended to combat racial segregation in suburban housing, saying it amounted to federal overreach into local communities. Read the full article here.


HUD revokes Obama-era rule designed to diversify the suburbs (Associated Press)

July 23, 2020

The Trump administration said Thursday that it is revoking an Obama-era housing regulation designed to eliminate racial disparities in the suburbs, a move that fair housing advocates have decried as an election year stunt designed to manipulate the fears of white voters. Click here to read the full article.


How the real estate industry discriminates and what agents can do to stop it (Inman)

July 22, 2020

Lisa Rice, the president and CEO of NFHA and Bill Dedman, an investigative reporter for Newsday, discuss their investigations into housing discrimination at Zillow’s virtual Unlock conference. Learn more here.


Big banks urge HUD to shelve redlining plan. Small banks say not so fast. (American Banker)

July 20, 2020

In what is a sea change from their prior stance in “disparate impact,” big banks are urging the Trump administration to reconsider plans to weaken fair-lending rules. But the banking industry is far from united in that view, and so far the agency responsible for enforcing fair-lending laws, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has shown no willingness to abandon the proposal. Read more here.