By Philip Tegeler and Diane Glauber (Lawyers’ Committee Civil Rights Under the Law). Published in Community Development INVESTMENT REVIEW (February 2014).
Excerpt: “Since its passage, HUD has implemented the AFFH provision with varying levels of enthusiasm, depending on the Administration in power. But it has consistently recognized the obligation in the law and its applicability to all HUD programs. However, in contrast to HUD, the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) have not formally acknowledged their civil rights responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, despite the fact that they oversee many important housing initiatives, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) receivership and reform, the Home Affordable Modification Program, and the Real Estate Owned (REO)-to-Rental program.”