In early January 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a notice of proposed rulemaking to change the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The current AFFH rule was enacted in 2015 to pursue the purposes and policies behind the Fair Housing Act (FHA), as amended. The FHA, with its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War and the era of reconstruction, calls not only for the prohibition of discrimination in housing practices, but also for HUD’s program participants to take active action to combat patterns of historic segregation to allow for integration of living patterns and promotion of fair housing choice.
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