NCRC Applauds HUD Withdrawing Appeal in Fair Housing Case

Today, the Department of Justice withdrew HUD’s appeal in Massachusetts Fair Housing Center v. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which challenged the agency’s 2020 Disparate Impact Rule. Because of the withdrawal, the District Court of Massachusetts’ entry of a preliminary injunction postponing nationally the effective date of the rule stays in place.

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), made the following statement:

“We are pleased that HUD dropped its appeal. This is a good first step to definitively end the Trump Administration’s attempt to undermine fair housing enforcement. Now HUD and the Biden Administration can get to work driving discrimination out of housing. That should include fully rescinding HUD’s weakened disparate impact standard issued in 2020 and making it clear that HUD’s 2013 Disparate Impact Rule applies and will be followed.”

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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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