Philly agency sounding the alarm on proposed HUD rules that could impact affordable housing

Cherri Gregg
January 14, 2020 - 6:51 pm
Angela McIver.

Cherri Gregg/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia-based agency is sounding the alarm on a proposed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rule change that would roll back Obama-era regulations requiring data around fair housing. 

Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania helped uncover major redlining practices and lending discrimination in the region, and this week, they launched a campaign to raise awareness about the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule proposed by HUD that would eliminate housing data requirements created by the Obama administration. 

"Through the Obama rule, there was a lot of data, and for some people it scared them because they saw that it was so many problems in their backyard and it overwhelmed them because they realized they had to redirect resources in order to make a wrong a right," said the group's CEO Angela McIver.

McIver says in 2015, the Obama administration issued a rule that forced recipients of Community Development Block Grant to submit data in order to get funding. The data showed major discrimination in housing. 

The Trump administration argues the change will streamline the process by eliminating cumbersome questions, making it easier to create housing opportunities for all. 

McIver says they're working to galvanize civil rights groups and get the public to speak up during the 60-day comment period, and she's hoping to get 20,000 comment letters

The center is posting template letters, will be launching a radio campaign and providing social media assistance to help the public get involved.