Obama administration to unveil major new rules targeting segregation across U.S.

The Obama administration will announce long-awaited rules designed to repair the Fair Housing Act's unfulfilled promise and promote the kind of racially integrated neighborhoods.
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Emily Badger
Washington Post
July 8, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic

Organizations mentioned/involved: Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) (TX)


The new rules, a top demand of civil-rights groups, will require cities and towns all over the country to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial bias and to publicly report, every three to five years, the results. Communities will also have to set goals, which will be tracked over time, for how they will further reduce segregation.

“This is the most serious effort that HUD has ever undertaken to do that,” says Julian Castro, the secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development, who will announce the new rules in Chicago on Wednesday. “I believe that it’s historic.”

Officials insist that they want to work with and not punish communities where segregation exists. But the new reports will make it harder to conceal when communities consistently flout the law. And in the most flagrant cases, HUD holds out the possibility of withholding a portion of the billions of dollars of federal funding it hands out each year.