NEW ORLEANS—Today, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC), responded to the White House and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) termination of the landmark
2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule and the implementation of a new unvetted rule without public comment.
“This is another authoritarian attempt to circumvent Congress and the typical rule-making process, and
instead single-handedly rewrite our civil rights laws. Donald Trump’s recent tweets make it clear this is
an election strategy, not a fair housing policy,” said Cashauna Hill, LaFHAC’s executive director.
Hill added, “Donald Trump started his career being sued by the Department of Justice for discriminating against African Americans in his New York apartment buildings, so it’s no surprise to us that he believes ensuring suburbs are open to all would somehow ‘destroy’ them. He wrongly assumes that black people and other people of color do not already exist as integral members of suburban communities and that the white people who live in those communities are racists who want to keep them out. Rather than taking every opportunity to divide us, the President and HUD should reinstate the 2015 AFFH rule that
successfully guided urban and suburban communities in Louisiana through planning processes that will make them more fair and equitable places for everyone.”
LaFHAC is a nonprofit civil rights organization established in 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination. LaFHAC’s work throughout Louisiana includes educational offerings, free legal services for victims of
housing discrimination, policy advocacy, and foreclosure prevention counseling. LaFHAC is dedicated to fighting discrimination because it is an illegal and divisive force that perpetuates poverty and
segregation, and limits access to opportunity.