The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) “moved to reinstate a key fair housing rule rolled back under the Trump administration, and pledged to undertake a separate rulemaking to improve equal housing opportunities in local communities.” That, according to the American Banker. HUD issued a press release announcing the interim final rule. The Banker added that
the “affirmatively furthering fair housing rule” was drafted by the Obama administration in 2015. It was meant to encourage local governments and communities to meet obligations under the Fair Housing Act to provide affordable housing options and avoid housing discrimination.
But the Trump administration suspended the implementation of the rule before it could go into effect, and then-President Donald Trump officially walked back the rule last year via executive order. His administration had argued that the rule was ineffective and overly prescriptive.