Fair Housing Enforcement Ensures Opportunity Starts at Home

Congress Should Ensure Effective Enforcement of Fair Housing and Necessary Resources Needed to Comply with Fair Housing Act

The theme for this year’s Congressional Reception is Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities. The Congressional Reception will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

In D.C. on July 24, we will be focusing on five Policy Priorities around Housing and Services, Medicaid, Affordable Homes, Fair Housing, and Housing Development. During the event, people impacted by homelessness will speak about how programs affected or funded by these priorities have changed their lives and urge our legislators to support our specific requests.

As part of our five-week campaign to highlight each of the Federal Policy Priorities, this week, we will focus on Fair Housing. Monarch Housing Associates, along with other advocates and partner organizations, request that our elected officials ensure effective enforcement of Fair Housing.

We request that our elected officials ensure effective fair housing enforcement and provide the necessary resources to assist jurisdictions in complying with the Fair Housing Act. This requires providing the necessary resources to assist jurisdictions.

The Trump Administration and the HUD Secretary Ben Carson have endangered Fair Housing in many ways. Despite a 2017 federal ruling that protects sexual orientation and gender identity under the Fair Housing Act enacted during the Obama Adminstration, HUD recently announced plans to roll back the Equal Access Rules.

Enforcement of Fair Housing ensures that individuals never face discrimination based on their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. Other important components of Fair Housing include fair mortgage lending practices and the development of low-income housing in wealthier areas to reverse the long-lasting effects of segregation and discrimination.

Since Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) complaints are often referred to states or municipalities, much of the burden to enforce Fair Housing falls on states and municipalities. However, if a state or municipality does not have adequate funds to actually investigate and process complaints, the lack of or decreased enforcement may result.

Elected officials and policymakers must ensure that enough resources are dedicated to enforcement of Fair Housing. Without enforcement, there will be increased discrimination and unfair practices.

Stand up for Fair Housing at the 2019 Congressional Reception, where advocates and individuals will show elected officials the importance of funding vital housing assistance programs and enforcement of Fair Housing. Registration for the event is now open.  Please register today to join us.