Ruling National Fair Housing Alliance Statement on Ruling in NFHA, et al v. Carson --08/17/18 On May 8th, 2018, alongside other civil rights organizations, PRRAC filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's suspension of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and obligation to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing, for over 900 jurisdictions (the … [Read more...] about National Fair Housing Alliance et al v. Carson (2018)
PRRAC in the Courts
Most of PRRAC’s advocacy is at the federal and state executive branch level – working to implement civil rights mandates in housing, education, and environmental justice. We have also been occasionally involved in litigation, as amici curiae in a number of key Supreme Court and appellate cases, sometimes convening or working with expert witnesses, and on one occasion participating as a plaintiff (as part of the coalition that brought a challenge to Maryland’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program). More recently, in response to the unlawful suspension of important civil rights rules that PRRAC worked so hard to secure during the Obama administration, we have joined as co-counsel in two direct litigation challenges to HUD’s authority, Open Communities Alliance et al v. Carson and National Fair Housing Alliance et al v. Carson (see below).
In fall 2017, PRRAC joined other civil rights organizations (NAACP LDF, Relman Dane and Colfax, Lawyers' Committee, and Public Citizen) in filing an Administrative Procedure Act suit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) challenging its decision to suspend a 2016 rule change that would have helped low-income families with Housing Choice Vouchers move to … [Read more...] about OCA v. Carson and Small-Area Fair Market Rents
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Fair Housing Act's disparate impact standard in Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs reaffirmed 40 years of settled precedent under the Fair Housing Act. The disparate impact standard is a core mechanism through which housing rights are protected and structural discrimination can be … [Read more...] about ICP v. Texas Amicus Briefs
Over the years, we have joined our civil rights partners in raising key perspectives on civil rights issues before the courts. Amicus Brief in City of Oakland v. Wells Fargo (proximate cause under the Fair Housing Act, N.D. Cal. 2017) Amicus Brief in Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami and Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami (supporting broad standings of … [Read more...] about Other Civil and Human Rights Amicus Briefs