HUD suspends AFFH, a key civil rights rule intended to fight housing discrimination 

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced this week it is suspending the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule until 2020. The AFFH rule was implemented in 2015 to provide jurisdictions with a long-overdue roadmap and measurement tools to comply with the landmark Fair Housing Act (FHA).

In response to the suspension, John Taylor, President and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), made the following statement:

“It’s quite unfortunate this fundamental rule of fairness has been suspended, but the law hasn’t. Cities and towns still need to be planning to see what they can do to affirmatively further fair housing in their community. Whether it’s in 2018 or 2020, local leaders are still accountable for racially and socioeconomically inclusive and diverse communities.”

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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