Improving implementation of the Fair Housing Act to better meet its ideals

Many urban areas in the United States remain highly segregated by race, limiting socio-economic mobility for a region's residents. In their new op-ed for the Bay State Banner, DUSP's Nicholas Kelly (doctoral candidate) and Justin Steil (Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning) delve into the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) implementation of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, which requires municipalities receiving HUD funding to engage their communities in order to reduce place based disparities in access to opportunity.

In January of 2018, HUD suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, but Kelly and Steil urge municipalities to move forward with fair housing planning in spite of the suspension.

To read Kelly and Steil’s response to HUD's suspension, click here.

DUSP's Reed Jordan and Maia Woluchem (MCP candidates) in collaboration with Kelly and Steil have gathered a nationwide database of the Assessments of Fair Housing produced after 2015, to highlight the intensive local planning efforts of municipalities across the country and to facilitate additional research into improvement of the Rule and the Assessments of Fair Housing.

Visit the Furthering Fair Housing website here.