Feb. 13, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Philip Tegeler, executive director of the Policy & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), today posted a Huffington Post blog saying the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may be preparing to more directly confront the agency's legacy of segregated housing during the next four years.
Mr. Tegeler wrote that HUD's release of the long-delayed "disparate impact" rule did not break any new legal ground, but may signal that a more aggressive Fair Housing agenda may be forthcoming. Mr. Tegeler noted that in a recent report PRRAC found there was a great deal of activity "inside" HUD aiming to address the ongoing problem of housing segregation and to develop program rules to promote residential integration.
"But for the most part, by the end of the first term, most of these proposals had not yet appeared in print," Mr. Tegeler wrote. "…For years housing and the American Dream have been inextricably linked. By acting on the fair housing initiatives it began to develop during President Obama's first term, HUD can help disadvantaged Americans settle into communities with quality homes, schools and employment opportunities. Multigenerational poverty will never be addressed if we continue to allow government housing programs to support residential segregation based on race and class. "
In the blog, Mr. Tegeler cited a series of actions from improving Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to continuing the Sustainable Communities Initiative that would help address segregated housing patterns across the country.
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