(Washington, D.C.) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge advanced a proposal Tuesday to reinstate the Department’s 2013 disparate impact rule, as well as an interim final rule that would reassert the federal government’s commitment to affirmatively further fair housing. The proposal is one of the most tangible steps to address systemic racism and inequitable housing by this administration to date. The following is a statement from Thomas Silverstein, counsel with the Fair Housing and Community Development Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
“We applaud these efforts to restore the federal government’s commitment to fair housing and civil rights. We look forward to working with the new administration to foster the development of inclusive communities free from discrimination.
As we recognize Fair Housing Month this April, these actions are essential first steps toward recognizing fair housing as a basic right and ensuring that all communities have access to a safe and healthy living environment that connects residents to good jobs and a quality education.”
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.