Items Tagged with 'Fair Housing Act'


  • HUD joins initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing

    Forms interagency task force with Justice Department
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act with its new initiative to increase awareness and reporting of sexual harassment in housing. Here’s what it is doing along with the Justice Department to combat sexual harassment.
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  • California Democrats call on Carson to keep “free from discrimination” in HUD mission statement

    Sens. Harris, Feinstein, others concerned that HUD’s work could be changing
    Several prominent California Democrats, including the state’s two senators, are calling on the Department of Housing and Urban Development to not make the rumored changes to HUD’s mission statement, arguing that removing the phrase “free from discrimination” could lead to a rise in housing discrimination.
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  • HUD marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

    Holds ceremony for fair housing month in Washington D.C.
    Former President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, signing fair housing into law. Now, as the 50th anniversary approaches, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to remember the day with a ceremony in Washington D.C.
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  • Judge rules Cook County can pursue part of predatory lending lawsuit against Wells Fargo

    County can pursue federal Fair Housing Act claims against bank
    This week, a federal judge ruled that Cook County, Ill. can pursue federal Fair Housing Act claims as part of its lawsuit against Wells Fargo, which accuses the big bank of predatory mortgage lending targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area but the judge dismissed several other claims alleged by the county.
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  • St. Louis landlords reach $625,000 settlement over 20 years of alleged sexual harassment

    Accused of offering cheaper rent and other benefits in exchange for sexual favors
    Two St. Louis landlords will pay a fine of $625,000 and are banned from serving as property managers as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice, which accused one of the landlords of sexually harassing more than a dozen female residents over a 20-year period.
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  • HUD proposes change to mission statement, housing groups push back

    Proposed change shortens mission statement to 23 words
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development is considering changing its mission statement, according to a leaked March 5 memo obtained by the Huffington Post. The proposed statement removes anti-discrimination language and replaces it with phrasing that aligns closely with Secretary Ben Carson’s push for self-sufficiency. Housing and civil rights groups have spoken out on the proposed change, saying it goes against fair housing rules.
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  • Civil rights, housing, community development groups slam HUD’s fair housing rule delay

    Call on HUD to reinstate Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule
    In the wake of the Trump administration moving to delay an Obama-era fair housing rule, prominent Democrats, like former HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Rep. Maxine Waters, spoke out against the move. And they’re not the only ones who don’t support the Trump administration’s decision to delay the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.
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  • Waters calls delay of Fair Housing Rule “flagrant attack”

    Delays fair housing evaluation submissions by one year
    After the Trump administration moved to delay a controversial fair housing rule, key Democrats quickly came out criticizing the action. Rep. Maxine Waters stressed that the rule must not be delayed or weakened, saying it supports investment in high poverty areas and in opportunities for mobility.
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  • Trump administration delays Obama fair housing rule, Castro says move “guts” rule

    Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule delayed
    Earlier this year, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said that HUD will look to “reinterpret” a controversial fair housing rule issued by the Obama administration in 2015. Now, in a move that prominent Democrats and fair housing experts are calling disastrous, HUD plans to announce Friday that it is delaying the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule by one year.
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