Friday, October 30, 2020

Trump Administration Sued to Block Changes to Fair Housing Act of 1968

Trump Administration Sued to Block a Dangerous Rule issued last month that makes Enforcing Key Aspects of the Landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968 all but Impossible.

The Fair Housing Act was passed 52 years ago with the ambitious Goal of Dramatically Reducing Structural Inequalities and Racism in Housing.

Achieving the Goal of Equal Housing Opportunity requires more than Prohibiting Intentionally Discriminatory Acts.

It also requires Prohibiting seemingly Neutral Policies and Practices that have a Negative Impact on a Group based on Race, National Origin, Religion, Sex, familial Status, or disability.

And for Half a Century, Courts have held that the Fair Housing Act Bars such Policies and Practices unless there is No Non-Discriminatory way to serve a Legitimate Need.

But just last month, Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a Rule to Undercut that Half Century of settled Legal Precedent. In effect, HUD’s Illegal New Rule makes it Virtually Impossible for Anyone to prove these All-too-Common kinds of Housing Discrimination.

Even though Housing Discrimination is still One of the Most Severe Systemic Barriers to Equality for People of Color All across America.

So Public Citizen is Suing HUD and HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, to Strike down this Damaging Rule. Carson is the Retired Doctor who was One of Trump’s Rivals in the 2016 Republican Pprimary and who Trump then Installed to run HUD even though Carson had No Relevant Experience.

Public Citizen are Representing: the National Fair Housing Alliance; Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California; and BLDS, LLC. They are Co-Counseling with Relman Colfax PLLC and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Don’t think this will all sort itself out after Election Day. This HUD Rule could Harm People for Months or even Years, if it's Not Strike Down as soon as possible or Reversed by Law.

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