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HUD Offers New Tools for Fair Housing Compliance

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a final rule to help communities that receive HUD funds meet their fair housing obligations in their use.  While the HUD rule has been under consideration for several years, the timing is propitious. It comes in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project in which the Court ruled that plaintiffs do not have to prove intent in pursuing claims under the Fair Housing Act, merely that an action has a "disparate impact" on a protected group.  The suit was originally brought against a government agency in charge of allocating affordable housing tax credits.


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