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From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Thu Feb 23 08:07:39 2023
By Howard Husock
Published February 23, 2023
The goal of "fair housing" would seem to be quite straightforward. As
spelled out in the Fair Housing Act of 1968 — and found in realtors’ offices across the country — it precludes "discrimination in the sale,
rental and financing of dwellings … based on race, color, national
origin, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual
orientation), familial status, and disability." In other words, those
who can afford to rent or buy should not be precluded from doing so for
reasons having nothing to do with the ability to pay.
But for the Biden administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, fair housing is more — much more. In proposed regulations
that would touch any jurisdiction that accepts any sort of HUD funding,
fair housing must mean a plan to "promote equity in their communities,
decrease segregation, and increase access to opportunity and community
assets for people of color and other underserved communities."