HUD Releases Final Rule In Housing Segregation, Chicago To Lead Implementation

HUD Releases Final Rule In Housing Segregation, Chicago To Lead Implementation
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Wednesday the new rule in segregating housing communities and thereby realize promises stipulated on the 1968 Fair Housing Act under the Obama administration, news said.


HUD Secretary Julian Castro admitted in a news conference in Chicago federal efforts to address race-based housing segregation has fallen short “for too long.” The 1968 Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination by race, color, sex, religion or national origin.

Although the law also mandates cities which receive federal financial assistance for housing purposes to foster equal opportunity and ensure access to housing, it does nothing more to provide clarity on the conditions set up by the law to affirm further its goals or how to attain such.

Under the incumbent regime however, President Barack Obama introduced some changes seeking to afford cities with particular guideline and information that focused on integration and segregation patterns as well as address issues on “racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty and areas of high housing need,” says a report.

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Under the latest rule, communities will be obliged to schedule goals in accordance with data aimed at achieving wiser investments in schools, housing and transportation that all will be closely tracked.

In a report from Associated Press, Castro elaborated the said new rule will take effect despite not providing a timetable.

“Where a child grows up should not dictate where they end up,” Castro was quoted as saying, referring to a painful truth that even after 50 years have passed, some of America’s regions remain undivided — in terms of accessing affordable housing in quality neighborhoods equipped with public transportation and grocery shops on top of providing jobs and other equal opportunities — due to race.

Castro also illustrated how inequality persisted by presenting data that a minor growing up in the Jeff-Vander-Lou community of St. Louis can have a life expectancy 18 years less than a child residing in a suburb of Clayton, Missouri, news said.

“This is the federal government saying, ‘This can’t continue to go on,’” said Philip Nyden, adding that the data is true to segregated neighborhoods in Chicago, Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore.

Mayor Emanuel Rahm said there is no doubt why Mr. Obama chose Chicago to be the pilot-project to test the final rule saying the State is historically known for using real estate practices and housing policy to ensure the blacks are confined to poor communities.