The Housing Trust Fund and Fair Housing: The National Housing Trust Fund, authorized by Congress in 2008, has the potential to grow to become the most important source of new low income housing funding at the federal level. Funding was recently authorized for the first time, and HUD has just issued interim program rules. In comments on the proposed program rules in 2010, we … [Read more...] about PRRAC Update (February 5, 2015): The Housing Trust Fund and Fair Housing; Success Story in CT
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A dangerous appeal: The Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas has the potential to undo 40 years of settled precedent under the Fair Housing Act. The underlying case involves ICP's successful challenge to racially segregated siting of Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments in the Dallas area. The issue the court has taken on … [Read more...] about PRRAC Update (November 13, 2014): ICP v Texas
This week in Geneva: The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is holding its periodic review of U.S. compliance with the CERD treaty this week. Along with the official U.S. delegation, dozens of U.S. civil rights advocates are in Geneva to testify and monitor the proceedings - see these summaries from the U.S. Human Rights Network and law professor Martha … [Read more...] about PRRAC Update (August 14, 2014): U.S. racial justice review in Geneva
Revised "diversity priority" proposed for Department of Education competitive grant programs: In 2010, the Department of Education approved a series of funding priorities that could be included as incentives or threshold requirements in Department competitive grant programs - including a priority for promoting racial and ethnic diversity in schools. However, since the … [Read more...] about PRRAC Update (June 26, 2014): New diversity language at Dept of Ed
President Obama's call for an "Opportunity Agenda" in 2014 at HUD: This needs to include an early release and implementation of the final "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule," and a serious commitment to fair housing reforms in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, our largest assisted housing program. Stay tuned... One step forward, one step back for … [Read more...] about PRRAC Update (January 30, 2014): Progress at HUD and Dept of Ed?