Federal Judge Blocks Delay of Rule to Help Low-Income People Obtain Housing

Federal Judge Blocks Delay of Rule to Help Low-Income People Obtain Housing, Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill, December 23, 2017, available here

A federal judge ruled Saturday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must implement a rule to help low-income families find housing on Jan. 1, 2018.

HUD officials announced in August that they would delay the rule for two years, after it was initially set to go into effect on Jan. 1. But several civil rights groups, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, sued the Trump administration over the move in October.

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"The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ... without notice and comment or particularized evidentiary findings, has delayed almost entirely by two years implementation of a rule requiring over 200 local Public Housing Authorities ('PHAs') in 24 metropolitan areas, which HUD selected based on fixed, objective criteria, to calculate housing vouchers’ values based on local, rather than metropolitan-wide, prevailing market rents."

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