Urge Congress to Stop Attacks on Fair Housing
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has learned that the House of Representatives may bring the FY17 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill to the floor for a vote next week which could include efforts to undermine fair housing.
This vote raises concerns that harmful amendments will be introduced.
Please join Monarch Housing and sign on to a letter urging Congress to stop attacks on fair housing by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
NLIHC, the National Fair Housing Alliance, PolicyLink, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are working together to circulate a national sign-on letter. The letter urges Congress to oppose any amendments that would weaken fair housing laws by repealing HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.
Decades of federal housing policies reinforced housing segregation and discrimination. The impact of these harmful policies are still evident today.
Federal law has required that states and communities take affirmative steps to end racial segregation in housing since 1968. But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided little guidance to communities about how to fulfill their fair housing obligations.
The new AFFH rule was developed after an extensive, years-long consultation process with public officials in cities, counties, states, and public housing agencies to give states and communities the tools they need to make informed decisions about where and how to invest public resources and how best to comply with federal law.
Over the last several years, Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has attempted to roll back gains in fair housing. Mr. Goser has offered amendments to prevent HUD from implementing and enforcing its AFFH rule.
It is likely that Mr. Gosar will file an amendment that is in line with H.R. 482, the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017“, a bill he recently introduced. NLIHC strongly opposes H.R. 482.
Such an amendment would set back efforts to overcome housing discrimination and segregation.
The amendment would take away new tools that help communities better target federal resources to connect their residents to opportunity, and eliminate a wide array of public data that directly informs housing, education, transportation, health, census, environmental, criminal justice, and other efforts.