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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Trump Appointees Want To Weaken Fair Housing

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

The Trump administration is trying to make it easier for banks, landlords, and insurance companies to discriminate against minority homeowners and tenants.

Anna Maria Farías, an assistant secretary at HUD, is asking for comments on possible revisions that could “add clarity” and “reduce uncertainty” on a HUD rule based on a legal theory the Obama administration and its predecessors used to prove discrimination cases.

The theory, “disparate impact analysis,” measures discrimination, such as African-Americans paying higher interest rates on loans, without having to prove an intent to discriminate.

More than 50 years after passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, signed just seven days after the assassination of Dr.…

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