HousingWire, January 8, 2018: Civil rights, housing, community development groups slam HUD’s fair housing rule delay
In the wake of the Trump administration moving to delay an Obama-era fair housing rule, prominent Democrats like former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Rep. Maxine Waters, the ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services, spoke out against the move.
And they’re not the only ones who don’t support the Trump administration’s decision to delay the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.
Late last week, a group of 76 civil rights, housing, and community development organizations (including NCRC) issued a joint statement, calling on HUD to allow the AFFH rule to move forward as originally stipulated.
The rule, which was announced in 2015, requires cities and towns that receive federal funding to examine their local housing patterns for racial bias and to design a plan to address any measurable bias.
But, last week, HUD announced that it was delaying the delaying the deadline for local governments to submit their fair housing evaluations by one year.
In a statement, the community groups say that the delaying the rule by one year is tantamount to repealing the rule altogether.
The letter is signed by the following groups:
Action Center on Race and the Economy Institute
American Civil Liberties Union
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
Autism Society of America
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
California Reinvestment Coalition
Center for Popular Democracy
Center for Responsible Lending Center for Social Innovation
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities?
Coalition on Human Needs?
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force?
Consumer Federation of America?
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Enterprise Community Partners?
Equal Justice Society?
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality?
Grounded Solutions Network?
Housing Assistance Council?
Japanese American Citizens League?
Latino Justice PRLDEF?
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law?
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors?
Low Income Investment Fund?
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.?
National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations?
National Alliance on Mental Illness?
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders?
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities?
National Association of Human Rights Workers?
National Center for Lesbian Rights?
National Center for Transgender Equality?
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
National Community Reinvestment Coalition?
National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients)?
National Council of Churches?
National Disability Rights Network?
National Education Association?
National Equality Action Team
National Fair Housing Alliance?
National Health Care for the Homeless Council?
National Housing Law Project
National Housing Trust
National Juvenile Justice Network?
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
National LGBTQ Task Force?
National Low Income Housing Coalition?
National Network to End Domestic Violence?
National Urban League?
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign
Poverty & Race Research Action Council?
Pride at Work?
Public Advocates Inc.?
Smart Growth America?
Technical Assistance Collaborative?
The Arc of the United States?
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Transgender Law Center?
Treatment Communities of America?
UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza)
United Way Worldwide