HUD Strikes Critical Blow to Obama Fair-Housing Rule

Ben Carson

(From The Washington Examiner)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has undone a key element of the Obama-era fair housing rule, saying that it hurt local governments rather than helping them lessen inequities.

The agency, led by Ben Carson, announced Friday evening that it was withdrawing the assessment tool by which cities and counties are supposed to identify housing discrimination and other problems faced by minorities and other groups.

In a press release, HUD said that the tool was “confusing, difficult to use, and frequently produced unacceptable assessments.”

The tool is the centerpiece of the rule known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, finalized in 2015. The Obama administration wrote the rule to enforce a section of the 1968 Fair Housing Act that requires cities to proactively address disparities suffered by protected groups.

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