Enterprise submitted a joint comment letter alongsideHousing Partnership Network (HPN), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), National Housing Trust (NHT), and Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) to HUD on its proposed Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 15. Enterprise and our partners urge HUD to withdraw the current proposed rule and allow additional time for the current AFFH regulation (Final Rule) to be implemented.
The organizations do not support HUD’s AFFH proposed rule because it is substantially weaker than the current regulation and diminishes HUD’s ability to enforce its AFFH responsibilities, as established in the Fair Housing Act of 1968. In particular, the organizations find that the proposed rule should be withdrawn because it: 1) redefines AFFH to primarily focus on local regulatory barriers to housing development and supply while not requiring an examination of residential segregation or impacts of local actions on protected classes; 2) diminishes public participation requirements; 3) uses a flawed definition to determine a jurisdiction’s fair housing performance; 4) disincentivizes regional collaboration; and 5) diminishes AFFH responsibilities for public housing authorities.
A number of community development stakeholders have voiced their opposition to the proposed rule, and last week, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) circulated a sign-on letter in the Senate urging HUD to withdraw its proposed rule and instead fully implement the 2015 AFFH regulation.
Today is the last day to submit comments opposing the HUD’s AFFH rule. Click here to submit a comment. To learn more about HUD’s proposed AFFH rule and to read the comment letter, click here for a blog post from Enterprise Senior Director of Public Policy Sarah Brundage.