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Changes to Fair Housing rules would have dire effects, South Suburban Housing Center warns

Homewood-based South Suburban Housing Center issued a statement on 8/21 saying proposed rule changes released earlier that week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would undermine discrimination protections through the Fair Housing Act.

“These changes will effectively cripple a critical protection provided by what is commonly known as the disparate impact rule,” SSHC Executive Director John Petruszak said in the statement…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Petruszak also stated: “Proposed rule changes … for public comment would make it more difficult to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act in 1968 to specifically prohibit both intentional discriminatory acts and facially neutral policies and practices that may limit, or disparately impact, housing opportunities to individuals based on their protected class status that now includes race, color, national origin, sex, the presence of families with children and people with disabilities.” Read more.

Learn what you can do to help fight against this rule hereComments are due by October 18, 2019.

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