April is Fair Housing Month
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NEW "DISPARATE IMPACT RULE": On February 8th, the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development issued new regulations to better
enforce and apply the Fair Housing Act across our nation. The regulations
explain, in particular, that policies and practices that have an unjustified
discriminatory effect, known as “disparate impact,” violate the Act.
The Fair Housing Act was intended to remove all barriers to fair housing,
whether from intentional bigotry or arbitrary and unnecessary practices. That’s
been the law for more than 40 years, as held by courts, Congress, and the
Department of Housing and Urban Development. And it’s served the country well by
addressing unfair mortgage lending practices, insurance redlining,
discriminatory zoning ordinances, and other obstacles. But HUD has never set out
the rules for applying that principle in a regulation, which is the clearest
statement that an agency makes on its understanding of the law. It’s important
that HUD has now provided that level of clarity for individuals, businesses, and
Networking reception to directly follow program.