The NAACP commends HUD on this week's notice of proposed rulemaking on "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" (AFFH). The rulemaking will enhance the 2015 AFFH framework that intended to restore HUD's role in redressing our nation's lack of equity in housing. The framework was in effect for only a short time before the prior administration dismantled and mischaracterized this much-needed tool of the Fair Housing Act.
The Fair Housing Act was intended to address structural inequity, racist application of housing policy, and historic patterns of segregation in housing access. The proposed AFFH mandate will simplify fair housing analysis and require any entity that receives federal funding for housing or urban development to use that funding to expand housing opportunity.
"Over decades, structural inequity has contributed to housing disparities. An affirmative response is needed to dismantle structural disadvantage," said Keisha Deonarine, NAACP Director of Opportunity Race and Justice. "We must no longer allow redlining practices to exist, and with a renewed AFFH, I see a change for the better." The AFFH mandate will support the expansion of affordable housing and contribute to the wellbeing of Black and other people of color.
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.