Thursday, December 22, 2016

HUD Issues Fair Housing Guidance Regarding Local Nuisance Ordinances

"HUD’s Office of General Council issued guidance on applying fair housing standards to the enforcement of local nuisance and crime-free ordinances. The guidance primarily focuses on the impact these ordinances may have on domestic violence victims, but also apply to victims of other crimes and to those in need of emergency services who may be subjected to discrimination prohibited by the Fair Housing Act. The guidance also describes how local and state governments and public housing agencies receiving HUD funds should consider these ordinances when conducting their assessments of fair housing under the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulations.
On August 17, 29 senators, led by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), sent a letter to HUD Secretary Juli├ín Castro urging HUD to provide written guidance regarding how local nuisance ordinances may violate the Fair Housing Act and the Violence Against Women Act (see Memo, 8/22).
Housing and nuisance ordinances

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