HUD increases fair housing enforcement

WASHINGTON – Aug. 30, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its Annual State of Fair Housing Report, which claims that the agency is resolving housing discrimination complaints faster, increasing its focus on complaints that affect multiple people, and launching more investigations in which no one has filed a complaint.

“Our goal is to put an end to unlawful housing discrimination,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “We have made progress in reducing housing discrimination, but more work needs to be done to make ‘fair housing … part of the American way of life,’ as President Johnson said in 1968 when he signed the Fair Housing Act into law.”

More than 10,000 fair housing discrimination complaints were filed in fiscal year 2010, according to the report. Of the 10,155 complaints filed with HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies, 48 percent alleged disability discrimination, 34 percent claimed discrimination based on race, and 15 percent alleged discrimination based on family status.

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