HUD News

Criminal Conviction Restrictions for Fair Housing Testers: HUD’s Final Rule

May 1, 2024    

Fair housing testers working with Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) grantees and Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies are used to identify systemic biases in the housing industry. These testers mimic real-world housing transactions to uncover racial, gender, and other forms of...

Proposed Rule Would Remove Criminal Conviction Restrictions for Fair Housing Testers

December 5, 2023    

To investigate whether screening policies are discriminatory, HUD wants agencies to use testers with actual criminal backgrounds.


Fair Housing Violations Get More Costly

September 5, 2023    

Earlier this year, HUD published inflation-adjusted civil penalty amounts for individuals or companies that were found to have violated a variety of different housing-related laws, including the federal Fair Housing Act.

HUD Reinstates Discriminatory Effects Rule

March 29, 2023    

HUD recently announced that it plans to restore the 2013 “discriminatory effects” rule to the Fair Housing Act (FHA). HUD has submitted to the Federal Register the final rule, which rescinds a 2020 rule governing “disparate impact” claims and...

HUD Proposes New Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

March 1, 2023    

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) not only makes it unlawful for cities, counties, and other jurisdictions to discriminate, but also requires jurisdictions receiving federal funds for housing and urban development to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). In other words, the FHA requires them to...

HUD Signals Renewed Focus on Fair Housing Enforcement

April 20, 2022    

April is Fair Housing Month, and HUD declared this year’s theme to be Fair Housing: More Than Just Words. The theme underscores the Biden administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing and securing equal access to housing opportunities for all.

In other words: Fair...

HUD to Enforce LGBT Discrimination as Violation of Fair Housing Act

April 7, 2021    

Soon after the Biden administration took office, it took dramatic new regulatory action to end LGBT discrimination in not just housing but all aspects of public life. Although the change has been implemented...

HUD Kicks Off Fair Housing Month

April 7, 2021    

April is Fair Housing Month, and HUD’s theme this year is Fair Housing: More Than Just Words. HUD’s aim is to reflect the Biden administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to...

President Biden Issues Fair Housing, Disparate Impact Memos

January 29, 2021    

On Jan. 26, President Biden signed several new executive orders addressing racial equity, including a memorandum that directs HUD to mitigate racial bias in housing and advance fair housing laws. Biden said in a press conference, “We need to make equity and justice part of what we do every...

HUD Marks Fair Housing Month with Campaign Against Sexual Harassment

April 21, 2020    

Each April, HUD observes Fair Housing Month. This year, HUD’s theme is: “Call HUD: Because Sexual Harassment in Housing is Illegal.” This year's theme focuses on protecting individuals from harassment by property owners, managers, maintenance workers, or other residents,...

HUD Awards $40 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination

April 21, 2020    

HUD recently awarded $40 million to fair housing organizations across the nation working to confront violations of the nation's landmark Fair Housing Act and help end housing discrimination.

The grants are being awarded through the department's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (...

HUD Issues New Guidance on Assistance Animals

February 19, 2020    

HUD recently announced new guidance to clarify how housing providers can comply with the Fair Housing Act when assessing a person’s request to have an animal in housing to provide assistance because of a disability.