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Fair Housing Act at Risk

Posted March 17, 2017

The current administration has discussed dramatic changes to the Fair Housing Act. The administration is proposing the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017,” which would abolish the Fair Housing Act. Trump declares this newly proposed act will help turn inner cities around.

The Fair Housing Act famously helped to eliminate redlining and racial discrimination in housing, but this proposed legislation would reverse the progress that has been made with regards to zoning since it was introduced in 1968. Prior to this act, practices like redlining and blockbusting increased property values in white neighborhoods at the expense of black neighborhoods, which were left in poverty.

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However, it is only recently that this act has been more successful in achieving its goal of creating more diverse, inclusive communities and overcoming discrimination. If the administration’s policy is successful, racial blindness and discrimination would be enshrined in federal law. According to the section following the nullification provision, “[N]o federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize or provide access to a federal database of information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing”.

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