HUD News

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.

HUD Proposes Fair Housing Rule Changes

January 22, 2020    

HUD recently published an 84-page proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule regarding how state and municipal governments address affordable housing opportunities. The rule pertains to the 1968 Fair Housing Act’s requirement that HUD grantees “affirmatively further...

HUD Proposes Changes to FHA Design & Construction Requirements

January 22, 2020    

In January 2020, HUD announced a proposed rule that would recognize additional sets of standards and model building code editions that, when followed in the design and construction of new multifamily housing, will ensure compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.

HUD to FTC: Investigate Websites Selling Assistance Animal Documentation

November 18, 2019    

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently called for an investigation into certain websites selling assistance animal documentation. In a letter to Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Joseph J. Simmons and Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith, Carson asked the FTC...

HUD Proposes Revised 'Disparate Impact' Rule

August 21, 2019    

Last week, HUD published a proposed rule to amend the HUD interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard. HUD says the proposed rule as amended would provide more appropriate guidance on what constitutes unlawful disparate impact and would better reflect the Supreme...

HUD and John Marshall Law School Launch National Fair Housing Training Academy

July 24, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it’s partnering with the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and Cloudburst Consulting Group, Inc., to develop the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA). The Academy will prepare fair housing advocates, lawyers, investigators, and other stakeholders on...

HUD Kicks Off Fair Housing Month with Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign

April 16, 2019    

April is Fair Housing Month, a time when HUD celebrates the Fair Housing Act and recommits itself to ensuring every American has access to housing that’s free from discrimination. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing transactions based on race, color, national...

Campaign Launched to Raise Awareness of Sexual Harassment in Housing

July 26, 2018    

The Justice Department and HUD recently released a public service announcement (PSA) aimed at raising awareness and reaching victims of sexual harassment in housing.

HUD to Seek Public Comment on 'Disparate Impact' Regulation

May 17, 2018    

HUD recently announced that it will formally seek public comment on whether its 2013 Disparate Impact Regulation is consistent with a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., the court recognized...

HUD Awards $37 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination

January 25, 2018    

On Jan. 23, 2018, HUD announced it is awarding $37 million to fight housing discrimination under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). These grants will support more than 150 national and local fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the Fair Housing Act.

Farías Sworn in as HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

August 17, 2017    

Last week, Texas native Anna Maria Farías was sworn in as HUD’s new Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO).

HUD Announces Winners of 2017 Healthy Homes Awards

August 17, 2017    

Last month, HUD and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) announced that four model programs around the nation are recipients of the HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes, an award recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes. For the...