Last week, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro passed his one-year anniversary at the helm of the organization. Coincidentally – well, maybe not so coincidentally – he’s also been busy lately promoting the White House’s Affirmatively Forwarding Fair Housing rule and even penned an opinion article for Louisville, KY’s Courier-Journal. See the link to that article and more stories below in our roundup of fair housing headlines.

  • As mentioned, Senator Castro penned an opinion in the Courier-Journal in support of the HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. “Ensuring that all American families can live where they choose isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue,” Castro explains, pointing out to the bipartisan support of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. “It’s an American issue.” [Courier-Journal]
  • Not content with publishing one media post for the week, Senator Castro also compiled photos and sound clips on Medium that highlight moments from his first year as HUD Secretary. It’s a charming selection that shows Castro at work with a wide variety of people in the United States, some humorous and some somber. [Medium]
  • To complete the Julián Castro hat trick this week, NBC did a lengthy profile on him, highlight some of the cornerstones of his first year leading HUD. [NBC]
  • On FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver offers an analysis of diverse cities in the United States, and how this cultural diversity doesn’t necessarily equate integration. In fact, troubling enough, the most diverse cities have a tendency to be the most segregated. The study’s findings are well worth considering on the heels of the release of HUD’s AFFH rule. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • From installing spikes on sidewalks to criminalizing the act of giving food to the homeless, some cities appear to be actively trying to punish people for their homelessness. As this municipal practice of restricting where homeless people can rest and who can even assist them, the Intercept shares the stories of the people most affected by these new rules: the homeless people themselves. [Intercept, Slate, Mother Jones]

    (Photo credit: “Julian Castro by Gage Skidmore” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

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