The Issue: The Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act will nullify the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act (AFFHA) and its related Assessment Tools leaving communities with no way to enforce the Fair Housing Act.
Why is this a problem?
The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability. Additionally, the act requires other executive departments/agencies to keep their programs related to housing and urban development directed in a manner to align with the Fair Housing Act.
According to Wikipedia:
Affirmatively furthering fair housing is a regulation promulgated in July 2015 by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Barack Obama pursuant to the Fair Housing Act. It requires cities and towns which receive Federal money to examine their housing patterns and look for racial bias. The intention is to promote racial integration, particularly in cities such as Chicago and Baltimore, which have neighborhoods with a high preponderance of African-American residents. Civil rights groups have hailed the rule, while conservatives have decried it as “social engineering.”
Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced The Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act (comprised of H.R. 482 and S. 103), which does anything but protect zoning decisions. They seek to eliminate the ability to enforce the Fair Housing Act by stripping away the regulation and the tools included in the AFFHA that are used to conduct and submit assessments of fair housing.
Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) states: “This bill undermines the goals of the Fair Housing Act by making it more difficult for communities to remedy racial segregation on the local level and ensure families have the opportunity to move to the neighborhood of their choice. It also undercuts President-elect Trump’s campaign promise to revitalize urban communities and increase economic mobility for all Americans.”
Without the AFFHA, communities are left without the resources to track or remedy unfair housing practices which have historically lead to segregation and skewed market prices. We cannot allow Congress to set us back from the great strides we have made toward equality and inclusion in our communities. All people deserve the right to live and thrive in the area and home of their choice.
How can you help?
Contact your state and local representatives and urge them to oppose these bills.
Find your local representatives here : http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/
National Low Income Housing Coalition: Bills Introduced to Nullify Fair Housing Regulation
National Low Income Housing Coalition: HUD Publishes Final Revised AFFH Assessment Tools for Local Governments and PHAs
Bill text from Representative Gosar: Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017
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Hello, my name is _________ and I’m calling to urge you to vote no on the Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 482 and S. 103. Everyone deserves the right to live and buy in the neighborhood of their choice. We need to protect the Fair Housing Act and our ability to enforce it.
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