WASHINGTON (7/10/15)--A final rule announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week is meant to help communities receiving HUD funding meet fair housing obligations.
According to HUD, it will provide data and tools to help meet those obligations, as well as additional guidance and technical assistance to facilitate local decision making.
The rule is designed to clarify and simplify existing fair housing obligations, allowing HUD grantees to analyze the local fair housing landscape and set local fair housing priorities and goals. Data on patterns of integrations and segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, and disproportionate housing needs will be provided by HUD.
HUD will also provide fair housing assessment tools that are specific to local jurisdictions, public housing authorities and states.
The rule also encourages collaboration among public housing authorities and jurisdictions, as well as between all grantees and members of the community. According to HUD, this is to help grantees get a better picture of current fair housing conditions, and allow fair housing goals to be advanced on a regional level.
The rule responds to recommendations laid out in a 2010 Government Accountability Office report, as well as stakeholder requests for clearer guidance and more technical assistance.