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HUD's New Disparate Impact Rule

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


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 public institutions.

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Jennifer Jones


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