Nearly 300 leading civil rights, housing, faith, environmental, industry organizations and a local elected official from throughout the nation sent a letter to President Biden, urging his administration to immediately release the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s final “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) rule. The AFFH rule is a vital tool to ensure that there are equitable and affordable housing opportunities and stronger, more viable neighborhoods for low-income residents and communities of color across the country. In doing so, it can strengthen the U.S. economy as a whole while redressing the legacy of state-sponsored segregation and discrimination

In the first week of his administration, President Biden announced a commitment to a “comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all” and to “secure equal access to housing opportunity for all.” The AFFH rule is critical for fulfilling this commitment.

The coalition urges White House to follow through on its commitments and release the final AFFH rule as soon as possible so that more communities can have affordable and accessible housing options that offer access to fresh air, clean water, good public transportation, quality care and schools, living wage jobs, quality healthcare, healthy foods, and affordable credit, free from discrimination.

Read the full letter here.