Days after HUD unveiled a series of meetings nationally to prepare large metro areas to desegregate their suburban communities, the department pulls back on enforcement of the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation until 2020. The Trump administration vowed to stop AFFH enforcement when it took over the government reins in January 2017, and the prospect of the rule reversal infuriated civil rights groups and housing activists. But HUD’s decision may be a ruse aimed at nudging the courts to intervene and order the department to enforce what is essentially an Obama administration re-write of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Apparently, HUD’s move is an appeasement of lawmakers -- a political bargaining chip -- particularly of the potent and vocal Congressional Black Caucus which supported the AFFH strategy. There has been little stirring among Caucus members so far, and its members were largely mum on an earlier HUD fair housing ploy. Rather than trigger another politi [...]
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