|HUD No. 23-013 |
HUD Public Affairs
|FOR RELEASE |
January 19, 2023
HUD ANNOUNCES NEW PROPOSED “AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHERING FAIR HOUSING” RULE, TAKING A MAJOR STEP TOWARDS ROOTING OUT LONGSTANDING INEQUITIES IN HOUSING AND FOSTERING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
Rule expands upon HUD’s previous policy, implementing opportunities for transparency and accountability while bolstering economic equity for American families
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will imminently publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register to fulfill the promise of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The proposed rule aims to remedy the effects of the long history of discrimination in housing, will help to foster opportunity in communities across the country where every resident can thrive. In addition, this proposed rule meets President Biden’s call in his first days in office to fully enforce the Fair Housing Act, outlined in Memorandum on Redressing Our Nation’s and the Federal Government’s History of Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies.
This proposed rule implements the Fair Housing Act’s affirmatively furthering fair housing mandate, which directs the government to promote fair housing choice, eliminate disparities in housing, and foster inclusive communities. While building avenues for greater accountability, this proposed rule streamlines the required fair housing analysis for local communities, states, and public housing agencies and requires them to set ambitious goals to address fair housing issues facing their communities, among other landmark changes.
“This proposed rule is a major step towards fulfilling the law’s full promise and advancing our legal, ethical, and moral charge to provide equitable access to opportunity for all,” said Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
“Affirmatively furthering fair housing means more than merely steering clear of housing discrimination violations” said Demetria L. McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Today, HUD is taking new, bold action to eliminate the historic patterns of segregation that continue to harm American families. This action will help make the purpose of the Fair Housing Act reality by making it easier for local communities to identify inequities and make concrete commitments to address them.”
If you think you may have been discriminated against or just want to learn more about your Fair Housing rights, please call our Fair Housing Hotline today at 1-800-212-1691 for a free counseling session with one of our counselors. More BNT Fair Housing Information.