NAHB Moves Swiftly to Advance Cause of Fair Housing

Filed in Codes and Standards, Housing Affordability by on July 31, 2020 5 Comments

President Trump tweeted comments on repealing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule earlier this week that caused concern within the housing community. Trump told suburban residents that they would “no longer be bothered” by having low-income housing built in their neighborhoods.

While NAHB believes there are serious flaws in the AFFH rule as written as well as legitimate concerns on how the program would be implemented, that cannot excuse the remarks that were made by the president.

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke made this perfectly clear when he issued a statement to members that said: “NAHB has taken a strong stand that it supports the intent of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing while acknowledging that the rule has had serious problems in implementation at the state and local level. Unfortunately, when the president decided to repeal the rule, he took a line of attack that was uncalled for. NAHB supports the creation of affordable housing wherever it’s needed, including suburban areas.”

Unlike other groups that resorted to simply throwing out empty statements, hollow condemnations and then lauded themselves for their stance, NAHB moved into action by reaching out to the White House and succeeded in getting the administration to agree to a meeting.

Our efforts resulted in a one-on-one call with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who clarified his concerns with the AFFH regulation and reasonable intentions to rescind the rule. The secretary pledged that HUD intends to honor and enforce the Fair Housing Act while providing local governments and citizens — and not “unelected bureaucrats” — the tools and appropriate federal oversight necessary to determine the housing needs of their communities.

Secretary Carson urged NAHB and its members to look at the totality of the Trump administration’s commitment to housing and housing affordability and not focus on the president’s recent tweets.

These commitments and clarifications by the administration could only be achieved by the efforts and clout of this association, the premier housing organization in Washington. While Secretary Carson said that he would work with relevant stakeholders to truly advance the goals of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, he received NAHB’s bedrock commitment to produce housing for all Americans so they may live in a home of their choice in a community of their choice.

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  1. Kevin Kelly says:

    Thanks to the officers to call the President on his aggress comment. NAHB has for 5 decades advocated for and support fair housing laws . Thank you for standing for our principles.

  2. Kevin Kelly says:

    I applaud the officers for their swift condemnation of the President’s comments. For more than 5 decades NAHB has advocated for and support fair housing laws . Thank you for standing for our principles.

  3. Thank you so much for making this stand. While I do not pretend to know all the ins and outs of the AFFH I found his comments unacceptable and believe that fair housing is a must to move forward especially in this climate and should be available to all where needed.

  4. We, as leaders in the housing and real estate industry, must ALWAYS stand up for Fair Housing. Without Fair Housing and affordable housing, real wealth and prosperity will falter in our country. I encourage NAHB to go further with their stance. I encourage us to educate our members on the Fair Housing Act, its provisions and their role within it. Thank you, Mr. Fowke, and NAHB for standing up for what is right!

  5. I applaud your push back on the President’s tweet. The affordable housing industry has worked for decades to inform the public and yes next door suburban neighbors that affordable housing is a positive addition to their community. To not respond would have been viewed as tacit agreement, I appreciate NAHB leadership in this matter.

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