HUD Secretary Carson Should Provide More Information About HUD’s Recent AFFH Decision
Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter asking U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to provide more information on the agency’s recent decision to effectively suspend its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule AFFH.
New Jersey’s House members are urged to sign on to the “Dear Colleague” letter.
The letter states,
“The Fair Housing Act not only makes it unlawful for jurisdictions to discriminate, it also requires that they take actions to dismantle historical patterns of segregation, which continue to limit the housing choices and opportunities of protected classes, including people of color, people with disabilities, families with children and religious groups. Despite the law’s passage 50 years ago, segregation still plagues our communities, resulting in inequities in all aspects of life, including education, health and income. The AFFH rule reaffirms the strongly held American belief that your zip code should not determine your access to opportunity. Unfortunately, HUD has abruptly decided to push back implementing this rule without input from these stakeholders and has not justified the agency’s actions in any convincing manner.”
The following groups have endorsed the Dear Colleague letter: the
- National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC),
- National Fair Housing Alliance,
- Paralyzed Veterans of America,
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,
- National Urban League,
- National CAPACD,
- Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice,
- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,
- Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities Housing Task Force,
- National Alliance on Mental Illness,
- National AIDS Housing Coalition,
- National Center for Lesbian Rights,
- National Housing Law Center,
- National Coalition for the Homeless,
- National Consumer Law Center,
- Center for Responsible Lending,
- Collaborative Solutions,
- Grounded Solutions Network,
- National Housing Trust,
- Housing Assistance Council (HAC),
- Housing Choice Partners,
- National Network to End Domestic Violence, and
- Prosperity Now.
NLIHC urges all representatives to sign on by the Monday, January 29, 2018 12:00 p.m. deadline. Please email your House member’s office and ask your member to sign on to the letter. Click here for a list of NJ House offices and staff email addresses.