Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) have introduced bills in the Senate (text is not yet available) and House (full PDF) that would effectively gut the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by allowing exclusionary zoning, based on the neighborhood’s “distinct values”, which is nothing more than badly disguised code for a neighborhood’s racial and economic profile.
Being proactive about furthering fair housing is an issue of national importance. Through decades of redlining, blockbusting, and other exclusionary tactics, people were (and continue to be) denied housing based on factors that are clearly outlined in the law. These bills would rescind the rule to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing, and remove any Federal funding from the assessment tool currently associated with the rule. It also removes any funding for HUD’s Fair Housing database and mapping tool which is used to track disparity in housing across the country.
What You Can Do Now
Contact your Maryland Representatives and Senators and ask them to fight against this plan to send housing regulations back to the 1950s. You can go here if you don’t know which Congressional District you live in.