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February 3, 2020
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WEDNESDAY: NFHA to Testify at Congressional Oversight Hearing on Trump Administration’s Proposal to Gut Fair Housing Accountability
Groups to Present Evidence that New HUD Rule Eliminating Fair Housing Standard Would Harm Children
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold the second hearing in a series about the harmful impacts of recent proposed rules from the Trump administration on children and families across the country. Jorge Soto, Director of Public Policy at the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), will testify to discuss how children and families would be harmed by a new proposed fair housing rule from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Titled “A Threat to America’s Children: The Trump Administration’s Proposal to Gut Fair Housing Accountability,” the hearing will include testimony on HUD’s latest attack against core civil rights protections under the Fair Housing Act. The proposed rule would effectively eliminate the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) mandate, which was put in place to ensure that all people — regardless of race, ethnicity, family status or disability — have choices about where to live, and that all neighborhoods are good places to live, regardless of the demographics of their residents.
“Access to fair housing determines where we live, which in turn determines the quality of education and health services our children have access to, among other resources. That’s why HUD’s proposed AFFH rule is so troubling,” said Lisa Rice, president and CEO of NFHA. “By seeking to dismantle the 2015 requirements put in place specifically to address discrimination and segregation, HUD’s plan could negatively impact the lives of millions of children.”
WHO: Jorge Soto, Director of Public Policy, National Fair Housing Alliance, and other civil rights and children’s health experts
WHAT: “A Threat to America’s Children” hearing hosted by the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform
WHEN: 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5
WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
The livestream will be available to watch here: https://oversight.house.gov/legislation/hearings/a-threat-to-america-s-children-the-trump-administration-s-proposal-to-gut-fair
Civil rights advocacy groups are coming together to oppose this rule and ask that all who support inclusive, equitable communities submit a comment to HUD by March 16. Go to www.fightforhousingjustice.org to submit a comment and find more information.
About The National Fair Housing Alliance
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Fair Housing Alliance is the only national organization dedicated solely to ending all forms of housing discrimination. NFHA is the voice of fair housing and works to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people through leadership, education, outreach, membership services, public policy initiatives, community development, advocacy, and enforcement. NFHA is a consortium of more than 220 private, non-profit fair housing organizations, state and local civil rights agencies, and individuals from throughout the United States.