Published: October 2019

HUD’s attack on core civil rights tool opens the door for discrimination

Consumer Action joined hundreds of organizations in submitting comments in response to a Department of Housing & Urban Development proposed rule that would gut an essential civil rights tool. The Trump administration’s proposal would severely weaken a critical tool for addressing housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, called “disparate impact.” This is one of the Trump administration’s most extreme moves to dismantle anti-discrimination laws.

When lenders and property owners discriminate against people looking for homes, it jeopardizes the foundation for building our best lives. If the Trump administration succeeds in rewriting federal housing protections, companies will have an easier time taking advantage of families and millions of people will have a harder time fighting back. Our government should be committed to protecting people’s right to live wherever they choose. Our coalition urges the Department of Housing and Urban Development officials to strike down this proposed rule.

Lead Organization

American's for Financial Reform (AFR)

Other Organizations

The Action Center on Race and the Economy | Allied Progress | Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund | CADCOM | California Reinvestment Coalition | Center for Community Progress | COASAP | Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. | Consumer Action | Desert Habitat for Humanity, Inc. | Empire Justice Center | Housing and Economic Rights Advocate (HERA) | Hood & Lay, LLC | Housing Equality Law Project — HELP | Human Rights Campaign | Illinois People’s Action | Integrated Community Solutions, Inc. | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | Legal Aid Chicago | Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC | Main Street Alliance | Massachusetts Communities Action Network | Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing | Mile High Connects | NAACP | National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders | National Center for Transgender Equality | National Coalition for the Homeless | National Community Stabilization Trust | National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients) | The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) | National Disability Rights Network | National Employment Law Project | National Partnership for Women & Families | National Housing Resource Center | National WIC Association | Our Spring Lake Store, LLC | Public Law Center | The Resurrection Project | Savannah-Chatham County Fair Housing Council, Inc. | Savannah Chatham Council on Disability Issues | Take on Wall Street | Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. | Virginia Poverty Law Center | Westside Housing Organization

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To read the coalition letter in full, please click here.

For more information, please visit AFR's website.

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