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, and access to public programs that help families with low incomes meet basic needs. The Fair Housing Act’s affirmatively furthering fair housing mandate is vital to overcoming barriers to fair housing for women and families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule that replace a genuine assessment of affirmatively furthering fair housing, created through a 2015 final rule, with a certification process that is not focused on furthering fair housing.

NWLC submitted a comment to HUD opposing this proposed rule. NWLC’s comment described how the proposed rule fails to provide a framework for jurisdictions receiving HUD funds to take actions to further fair housing for women, particularly women of color, survivors of gender-based violence, women with children, women with disabilities, and LGBTQ women. The comment also describes how the proposed rule contradicts HUD’s statutory obligation and how HUD has failed to justify the proposed changes to the 2015 rule.