Fair housing law prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, national origin, disability status, and other protected characteristics. The 1968 Fair Housing Act also includes a powerful mandate that the federal government actively work to dismantle segregation and to create equal housing opportunities. This mandate is known as “affirmatively further fair housing.”  HUD passes this duty on to all state and local governments that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In 2015, HUD released new regulations and data to guide local governments in identifying the sources of housing inequality in their communities and take proactive steps to increase opportunity for households of color and combat discrimination and segregation. We are working with community partners to implement this rule and ensure that local governments comply with their duty to affirmatively further fair housing by studying and addressing issues such as displacement, affordable housing needs, transit access, job access, and more.

Unfortunately, fair housing and the duty to affirmatively further fair housing have come under attack in Washington.  So Public Advocates is now working to strengthen California fair housing law, while we continue to press forward with local advocacy under existing law.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles introduces bill to buck Trump Administration on Fair Housing