Fair Housing Tag Archives

House Passes FY 2021 HUD Appropriations

Last week the House passed H.R. 7617, which provides fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding for six appropriations subcommittees, including HUD. The House bill is expected to provide adequate appropriations to renew existing Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance, and provides increases for most programs, including the Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Section 202 and Section 811, which would also receive additional funding through emergency infrastructure investments. The bill also contains two amendments that would block the Trump Administration’s recent regulatory action on the Disparate Impact Rule and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

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HUD Terminates Obama Administration AFFH Rule

HUD released a new final rule, Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice, which would replace the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Under the new rule, a federal grantee would be required to certify that it has affirmatively furthered fair housing. The final rule has yet to be officially published in the Federal Register. Comments are due 30 days after publication.

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HUD Publishes Proposed AFFH Rule

This week, HUD released a proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AHHF) that would dramatically alter the Obama administration’s final rule published in 2015. The rule changes the definition of AFFH and eliminates the community participation and engagement requirement as well as the requirement that federal grantees complete an analysis of impediments to fair housing. Comments on the proposed rule are due 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.

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Alabama Holds Public Hearing on Five-Year Consolidated Plans, Analysis of Impediments on December 17

The Alabama Housing Finance Authority (AHFA) will hold a public hearing at 9:30 am CT on December 17 on its Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2020-2024 for the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the Emergency Solutions Grants program (ESG), the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA), the Home Investment Partnerships program (HOME) and the Housing Trust Fund program (HTF). The hearing will also cover the Program Year 2020 One-Year Annual Action Plans for the CDBG, ESG, HOPWA, HOME and HTF programs. The meeting will take place at the Alabama Center for Commerce, 7th Floor Auditorium, 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104. Immediately following the conclusion of the Plans’ public hearing, representatives from ADECA and Western Economic Services, LLC of Portland, OR, will conduct a public meeting on the State of Alabama’s 2019-2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

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Texas Hosts Affirmative Marketing and Tenant Selection Criteria – October 21

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will hold a roundtable to explain proposed amendments to the Compliance Monitoring Rules and proposed new rules related to Affirmative Marketing and Tenant Selection Criteria requirements on October 21 in room 1-100 at the William B. Travis Building, located at 1701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701, beginning at 1:00 pm CDT.

The U.S. Needs a National Vision for Housing Policy

In a new Issue Brief Vincent Reina, PhD with the University of Pennsylvania argues for a national housing policy in the face of unprecedented housing challenges. This Issue Brief lays out several policy prescriptions for improving housing affordability and fairness, both for renters and owners: modifying the federal Housing Choice Voucher program, as well as local and state land-use regulations; investing in the maintenance of existing affordable housing stock; making good on HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requirements so as to reduce fair housing barriers; and promoting financing programs for retrofitting existing low-income housing, to increase energy efficiency and reduce overall costs. He argues that while each of these recommendations would be beneficial in and of themselves, what the U.S. ultimately needs is a broader and more complete national strategy for housing policy.

Arizona to Hold Public Hearing on Impediments to Fair Housing Report – August 20

The Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) is holding a public meeting to receive input on the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing on August 20, 2019 from 5 to 6 pm MST at the Scott Resort and Spa Resort, 4925 N. Scottsdale, Arizona 85251. As part of the process, ADOH is conducting two brief surveys to help identify community priorities.

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New, Leaked Disparate Impact Standard from HUD

HUD’s forthcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Discriminatory Effects Standard was recently leaked to Politico. HUD claims that the proposed rule will bring its disparate impact standard in line with the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Community Project, Inc. The leaked notice of proposed rulemaking builds upon the Supreme Court’s ruling and proposes five steps for plaintiffs to bring a disparate impact claim.

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