HUD announces new rule to strengthen fair housing practices

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On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of disparate impact in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. the Inclusive Communities Project, a win for equal housing opportunity. Then the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new rule July 8 that will help agencies like the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs fight the root causes of housing segregation. (See the full rule below.) The new rule was announced in Chicago, a city that has been the poster child of racially segregated communities and immense gentrification. The city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, made the announcement on the former site of Cabrini Green, one of the nation's most notoriously dangerous public housing developments, part of which is now home to a massive Target, plus luxury apartments and row-style townhomes. What this ruling means for Chicago, Baltimore and other cities with reputations for segregation is that communities that bypass the law wil...