Despite the Trump administration’s well-chronicled disdain of anything Obama-era, there was a moment in 2017 when fair housing advocates hoped — and not without reason — that the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule wouldn’t get the boot. The legislation, issued by HUD in 2015, required that municipalities receiving federal funds report in detail, with maps and other data, how their housing policies weren’t furthering the kinds of business-as-usual racial segregation tactics (like clustering multi-family housing in just one or two neighborhoods) that define most cities. As Daniel J. McGraw wrote for Next City at the time, moderate Republicans helped extinguish a movement to derail the rule in 2016. And it seemed as though Congress had bigger fish to fry.
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