Ranking Member Price Issues Statement on HUD Delay of AFFH Program Implementation
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan 5, 2018) – On Friday, January 5, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Ranking Member on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would delay implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, a program designed to help communities diminish racial segregation and meet longstanding fair housing obligations.
“The Fair Housing Act of 1968 is landmark civil rights legislation that outlawed housing discrimination and promotes equal opportunity in the United States to this day. However, for too long, communities across the U.S. have lacked the data and tools they need to take proactive action to identify and mitigate discrimination, as is required under the law. The AFFH rule, introduced by HUD during the Obama administration, represents an important commitment by the federal government to ensure communities can comply with the Fair Housing Act, take meaningful steps to reduce discrimination, and improve opportunity for all citizens.
The decision by the Trump administration to delay implementation of this rule is misguided and appears to be based on either purely political grounds or a deliberate misunderstanding of what the rule requires. As with any new regulation, some communities may need more time to comply than others. But this problem could be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Delaying this sensible, carefully crafted rule will only further hinder local communities as they seek to address systemic discrimination, and it is just the latest example of the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back important civil rights protections.”