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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish in Friday’s Federal Register a proposed rule reinstating its previous rule on disparate impact’s role in the Fair Housing Act. The proposal would reinstate the 2013 rule that allowed evidence of discriminatory effects–including acts that were seemingly neutral, but had unequal effects–to be considered discrimination. HUD published a notice of proposed rulemaking in 2019 that would have weakened the ability to prove discrimination through disparate impact.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced an extension of its COVID-19-related federal eviction moratorium through July 31. The extension, which was scheduled to end June 30, allows time to prevent a wave of evictions and extends the period for state and local governments to distribute emergency rental assistance.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released an updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) document and fact sheet to support the rapid deployment of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) aid by states, territories, localities and tribal governments. The updated FAQs strongly encourage partnerships with courts to prevent evictions and develop eviction-diversion programs, emphasize helping families experiencing homelessness gain access to assistance, remove language and cultural barriers in securing ERA and more.
The U.S. Supreme Court released a decision today ruling that the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is unconstitutional and allowing the president to fire the director. The decision in Collins v. Yellen paves the way for President Joe Biden to replace FHFA Director Mark Calabria if he chooses. Calabria is an appointee of President Donald Trump. The court ruled that the Recovery Act, which placed FHFA enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under government conservatorship, violated the Constitutional separation of powers dictate by restricting the president’s ability to remove the FHFA head.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish in Thursday’s Federal Register an interim final rule restoring certain definitions and certifications in regulations the Fair Housing Act’s requirement to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The interim rule also reinstates the process by which HUD provides technical assistance and other support to funding recipients who are engaged in fair housing planning to support their certifications. The rule will go into effect July 31
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