July 23, 2020

Brown’s Statement on HUD’s Action to Undermine the Fair Housing Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – released the following statement after the Administration announced its final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, gutting a key element of the Fair Housing Act:

“It’s a dark day for the country when the President boasts about maintaining housing segregation, and the agency charged with carrying out the Fair Housing Act becomes a tool to help him do it. Secretary Carson must withdraw this perverse rule and reinstate the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule so America can get to the long-overdue work of fulfilling the promise of the Fair Housing Act.”

Brown has long fought Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD) plans to undermine the rule. In March, Brown led 36 of his colleagues in a letter urging HUD to withdraw their proposal and commit to implementing HUD’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule.