Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

HUD Withdraws (Un)Fair Housing Rule

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

HUD Withdraws (Un)Fair Housing Rule

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Proposal Would Have Allowed HUD To Seize Local Grants

An escalating tide of opposition, led by the National League of Cities (NLC) and recently joined by Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago and other mayors, persuaded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to withdraw a controversial proposed fair housing rule that would have punished cities by withholding their Community Development Block Grants, HOME and two other critical formula grants.

According to a Senior White House official, "the White House, working with HUD Assistant Secretary Cardell Cooper, has decided to withdraw the proposal. The White House and Assistant Secretary Cooper intend to engage with city leaders and fair housing advocates to arrive at a rule which more clearly states the Administration's policy."

In response to this news, NLC President Mayor Clarence Anthony said, "We applaud the Administration's action and look forward to working with all stakeholders to draft new regulations which are clear, reasonable and address the impediments to fair housing that concern us all. Certainly, this is an example of the White House and HUD listening to the concerns of city leaders and others and coming to the right decision. The comment period worked."

The Rule was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 1998, and the comment period was extended from two months to four months to ensure that all interested parties had the opportunity to submit comments to HUD.

In the January 11 issue of The Weekly, NLC President Clarence Anthony called on HUD to "reconsider the regulation (published on October 28, 1998) which if finalized, would have serious consequences for our nation's cities. …

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