HUD’s Proposed Rule Undermines the Fair Housing Act; Consumer Groups Urge Withdrawal

CFA Urges HUD to Maintain the Existing Rule Which Protects All Consumers

The proposed rule would change HUD’s Disparate Impact Standard, which would undermine enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and roll back progress made to dismantle housing and economic segregation. The Fair Housing Act currently prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of dwellings and other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status. HUD has long interpreted the Act to prohibit practices that have an unjustified discriminatory effect, regardless of intent, in keeping with the Act’s broad remedial mandate to combat and prevent segregation and discrimination in housing, and promote integrated and inclusive communities. Therefore, consumer groups strongly urge HUD to preserve the existing rule and have the proposed rule should be withdrawn from consideration.