Their amendment would have prohibited HUD from implementing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and its assessment tool, as they claim the rule turns HUD into a national zoning board with the power to overturn or rewrite local zoning laws in communities across America.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition led the advocacy effort with its state partners, made calls, sent letters, and blasted action alerts in an effort to defeat the amendment. Senators opposing the amendment eked out the 60 votes needed to set it aside, defeating efforts to have it included in the THUD bill. The final vote was 60 to 37.
Much like the Senate version of the bill, the House proposal is better than expected and should provide sufficient funding to ensure continued assistance to all households currently served by HUD. House appropriators were able to avoid major cuts and increase funding for a few programs.
The bill includes no negative policy or funding decisions related to the National Housing Trust Fund, a stark departure from last year’s House THUD Subcommittee bill which proposed raiding the NHTF to fill a funding gap.