May 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Lawsuit Against HUD’s Suspension of Fair Housing Rule

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the National Fair Housing Alliance’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s suspension of an Obama-era anti-discrimination rule:

“In January, Secretary Ben Carson abruptly suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule with no alternative proposals, no timeline for public input and no regard for the well-being of millions of Americans who may face discrimination when renting, buying or securing financing for any housing. The AFFH rule is a vital tool which compelled local governments to deliberately work towards eliminating housing segregation and ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable housing in their localities. Make no mistake, by postponing this rule, HUD is giving communities across the country a free pass to receive federal money without proving any real commitment to desegregation and fair housing practices. Nevada’s communities, and communities across the country, deserve better. I stand with the National Fair Housing Alliance, Texas Appleseed and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service who are standing up to fight discrimination in America.”