Tell Congress to Stop Attacks on Fair Housing and Access to Public Data
Fair housing and public data is under attack- join APA in strong opposition to any attempt to limit the use of federal data for local planning decisions by writing to your lawmakers today.
Introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in January, the Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017 (HR 482, S 103) nullifies the final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing issued on July 16, 2015, and also makes the related local “assessment tools” related to the AFFH rule ineffective. It prohibits federal funds from being used for the HUD database that contains geospatial data on racial disparities and access to affordable housing. This data was designed to help communities and regions conduct the AFFH planning analysis.
This legislation has been introduced in prior sessions of Congress, but has not been approved as a standalone bill. However, this language has been added as an amendment to House-approved versions of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Developement (THUD), but luckily the language has been removed from the bill by the Senate before final passage.
The House may resume work on FY 2017 spending soon, potentially beginning with floor consideration of THUD. Once again, the language on fair housing and public data is at risk of being included in the bill.
APA joined other fair housing stakeholders in a letter to lawmakers urging them to oppose attempts to rollback fair housing and limit access to public data. Make our voice even stronger by sending a version of the letter to your members of Congress.