NAACP Commends HUD for Issuing Regulations to Protect against Housing Discrimination

(Washington, DC)– The NAACP released the following statement applauding HUD for issuing regulations to protect Americans against housing discrimination.

From Hilary Shelton, the Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Sr. Vice President of Policy & Advocacy:
“The use of "disparate impact" in addressing housing discrimination is an important tool to be used by HUD to strengthen full enforcement of the Fair Housing Act  and to address the racial inequality which is still too often found in housing today," stated Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Sr. Vice President for Policy & Advocacy.  "Codifying this doctrine provides us with a critical tool in the struggle to stop predatory lending, housing discrimination, and red-lining. ”

From Dedrick Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Programs:
“The new HUD regulation on disparate impact is an important acknowledgement that government action and policy are still necessary to help bridge racial economic inequality,” stated Dedrick Muhammad, NAACP Sr. Director of Economic Programs.

HUD confirmed the use of NAACP-supported provisions in the  “disparate impact doctrine,” released February 8, 2013, to bring claims against housing policies and practices that are discriminatory not simply through their intent, but also by their effect. Communities of color, which for decades have been targeted by unscrupulous lending institutions, are disproportionately impacted by foreclosures and predatory lending and have suffered disproportionate, devastating, losses of wealth during the housing crisis. The U.S. housing market also remains deeply segregated and this “disparate impact doctrine” is a much-needed advancement to ensuring economic fairness and opportunity for all Americans.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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