Hi there, and welcome to our inaugural roundup of fair housing headlines. To do out part to provide people with updates on what’s happening in the world of fair housing, we’re going to be collecting a roundup of relevant news to each week here on our website. Check out what’s been going on below, and be sure to come back next Friday for more!
On Monday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released guidelines to its Equal Access Rule so that housing providers who receive HUD assistance may better serve LGBTQ tenants. Commenting on this release, HUD Secretary Julián Castro said, “Every American deserves to live with dignity, regardless of who they love or who they are.” [LGBT Weekly, HUD]
Following President Obama’s recent announcement to increase enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, the New York Daily News explains the importance of cities going beyond just focusing on increasing the diversity of communities and actually making more available the opportunities for community integration. [NYDN]
And speaking of the Fair Housing Act, Janell Ross at The Fix offers a telling analysis on how lack of enforcement of the FHA has failed marginalized communities for generations. Ross explains how this failure has had effects beyond just housing, negatively impacting health, education, and employment of non-white communities. [The Fix]
The Baltimore Sun takes a look at how HUD’s final rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing could improve the quality of lives for those relying on federal housing assistance. [Baltimore Sun, HUD]
As part of the White House’s newly announced ConnectHome program, Google has announced that it will be providing its high-speed internet service, Fiber, FREE to public housing tenants. The service will only be offered in the cities that Google Fiber is currently available, but Google is said that it plans to expand the services to more cities in the near future. [Mashable, HUD]
And finally, Kriston Capps at CityLab explores one dark scenario in which increased community integration in the United States may reveal that the latent prejudices related to White people’s reluctance to live in integrated communities are not so latent after all.
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