CLPHA Condemns HUD’s Final Disparate Impact Rule  

Date Published: 
September 8th, 2020
Media Contact:
David Greer, CLPHA
 (202) 550-1381
Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2020) – Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Executive Director Sunia Zaterman released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard:”
“CLPHA condemns HUD’s ‘Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard’ because it continues the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to dismantling the most powerful tools for challenging racial discrimination in housing. It is clear the administration ignored the 45,000 comments from industry groups, lenders and fair housing advocates who are united in their opposition to this rule. The consequence of this final rule is that neither public housing authorities nor individuals from groups at risk of discrimination are protected by the Fair Housing Act.
To make matters worse, especially in the wake of a national reckoning on racial injustice, HUD builds the wall of systemic racism higher by legitimizing algorithmic models that perpetuate this country’s ugly history of redlining, a hostile program that relegated Black Americans and other minorities to segregated neighborhoods with little or no opportunities for economic mobility. 
When also considering HUD’s recent final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, which virtually eliminates a community’s obligation to address racial segregation, there is no question that the Trump administration is intent on removing every available tool for fighting housing discrimination.”


About the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. CLPHA’s 70 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country. Together they manage 40 percent of the nation’s public housing program; administer more than a quarter of the Housing Choice Voucher program; and operate a wide array of other housing programs. Learn more at and on Twitter @CLPHA and follow @housing_is for news on CLPHA’s work to better intersect the housing field and other areas of critical importance such as health and education.

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