Civil rights and fair housing leaders hail HUD's new anti-discrimination rule
By Charlene Crowell; NNPA Columnist
A recent action by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has now formalized a national standard for determining violations of the Fair Housing Act. The new rule known as ‘disparate impact’ embraces a long-held civil rights view that housing discrimination and lending occur not only by intent; but also by effect.
“Through the issuance of this Rule, HUD is reaffirming its commitment to enforcing the Fair Housing Act in a consistent and uniform manner,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “This will ensure the continued strength of one of the most important tools for exposing and ending housing discrimination.”