WASHINGTON- NHC filed comments on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard. In the NHC letter, David M. Dworkin, NHC’s president and CEO, stated that “The disparate impact standard is one of the most important tools for reversing discrimination outlawed by the Fair Housing Act. It is imperative that it is not watered down.”
The letter noted that HUD has an “existential obligation to affirmatively further fair housing through its actions and policy. Yet the proposed rule all but renders the disparate impact standard moot by establishing a near-impossible standard for plaintiffs to make disparate impact claims.” It also noted that HUD’s approach is a prime example of the “law of unintended consequences,” noting that it “would have a devastating impact on countless people, particularly low- and moderate-income individuals and all people of color, who continue to face discrimination in finding housing on the basis of their race, religion, gender, ability status and so much more.”
About NHC: The National Housing Conference has been defending the American Home since 1931. Everyone in America should have equal opportunity to live in a quality, affordable home in a thriving community. NHC convenes and collaborates with our diverse membership and the broader housing and community development sectors to advance our policy, research and communications initiatives to effect positive change at the federal, state and local levels. Politically diverse and nonpartisan, NHC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.