The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) today applauds the issuance of final regulations by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that endorse use of the “disparate impact” standard under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

“We are thrilled about HUD’s action today.  Disparate impact is a powerful tool for challenging the structural and institutional inequalities that persist in our housing and financial markets.  The regulation comes at a critical time as African-American families struggle to overcome the devastating effects of the recession on homeownership and wealth,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF.