Here’s the latest in housing equity and law for the week of January 16-22, 2017:
- Although housing policy was absent from Trump’s campaign, and the 2016 election cycle in general, one of the first actions of the new administration was to suspend the FHA mortgage insurance rate cut
- HUD announces stricter definition of elevated-blood-level to match the CDC’s. The “new” level is 5 micrograms per deciliter, which the CDC adopted at 2012. This news may expose the lag in policy crashing, as the CDC is currently considering lowering the threshold again to less than 5 micrograms per deciliter
- Few believe that new HUD leadership under Ben Carson will continue to pressure cities to pursue the affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) rule. However, some cities, like Philadelphia, are already on course
- Matthew Desmond’s book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” which places evictions as a cause to poverty, was awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-Fiction
- Temple University’s Justice Lab at its Sheller Center published a report about the disappearing project-based section 8 housing in Philly.
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