NMHC/NAA, along with a broad cross section of industry groups, sent a letter in support of Representative Garrett’s amendment in the THUD bill, which the House is scheduled to take up next week.
In addition, the House approved another NMHC/NAA supported amendment offered by Representative Garrett that would prohibit the Department of Justice from using funds to enforce the disparate impact rule under the Fair Housing Act. The amendment passed 232 to 196 with 11 Republicans - Representatives Charles Boustany (LA), Curbelo (FL), Bob Dold (IL), Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ), Chris Gibson (NY), Richard Hanna (NY), David Jolly (FL), John Katko (NY), Tom MacArthur (NJ), Elise Stefanik (NY) and Michael Turner (OH) - and all Democrats opposing the amendment.
The multifamily industry is committed to equal housing opportunity for all without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status. However, more clarity is needed on the applicability of disparate impact liability, as it could be used to undermine apartment providers' otherwise valid policies to ensure safe and decent housing for residents.
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