Access to safe and affordable housing in integrated neighborhoods is vital to the well-being of women and girls. Housing impacts health, education, food security, employment, access to quality child care, and access to public programs that help families with low incomes meet basic needs. The Fair Housing Act’s affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) mandate is vital to overcoming barriers to fair housing for women, LGBTQI+ people, and families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule to help entities receiving HUD funding understand their obligations under the AFFH mandate. The Proposed Rule provides a framework for entities to analyze fair housing issues, identify goals to address the fair housing issues, and develop, submit, and implement Equity Plans in collaboration with community members and HUD.

The NWLC comment outlines general support for the Proposed Rule and recommended improvements including improving definitions of discrimination based on sex; improving data collection and analysis; improving access to community assets including child care and health care, including reproductive care and gender-affirming care; and improving the community engagement process.

NWLC also led a sign on comment joined by over 50 organizations committed to gender justice in support of strengthening the Proposed Rule in ways that further gender justice.