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PVA comments of HUD fair housing rule

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On October 11th, PVA submitted comments in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulations. HUD is considering significant changes to the requirements that communities receiving federal funds must follow to ensure that their housing policies comply with the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act, and its 1988 amendments, prohibit discrimination in housing on the basis of race, religion, gender, disability, and families with children.

PVA strongly supported HUD's existing 2015 AFFH regulation and urged HUD not to revoke or rewrite it. In responding to questions that HUD posed about the AFFH rule in the ANPRM, PVA pointed to several aspects of the 2015 regulations that were significant improvements over previous rules including requirements for much more robust community engagement, an appropriately balanced approach to the use of data, and for giving jurisdictions sufficient flexibility to set goals and take concrete steps to address fair housing problems and for holding them accountable for implementing those steps.

PVA cautioned that weakening the rule would result in millions of families and individuals facing unnecessary discrimination and urged HUD to use its resources to ensure effective implementation, oversight, and enforcement of the existing regulation.

 

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