Source of Income Discrimination Testing

Posted On: February 29, 2024

Ebony Hall, Director of Marketing and Communications

Expanding Fair Housing: A Look at Source of Income Discrimination

A recent memorandum by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made a significant clarification regarding using Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) funds. This directive underscores a proactive stance against housing discrimination, specifically targeting biases based on an individual’s source of income.

Issued on February 12, 2024, the memo reinforces the commitment to using FHAP funds for source of income testing activities. These activities are critical in detecting and addressing discrimination that undermines the Fair Housing Act or similar state and local laws. The importance of such testing is magnified by the disturbing prevalence of discrimination against holders of Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), which disproportionately affects marginalized communities.

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Fair Housing: A Right, Not a Privilege

The HCV program, HUD’s flagship initiative, supports low-income families, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities in accessing quality housing. Despite its intent, discrimination against HCV holders persists, notably in affluent neighborhoods, perpetuating inequality and segregation.

A Call to Action

HUD’s directive serves as a call to action for FHAP agencies to employ innovative and collaborative strategies to eradicate source of income discrimination. This includes the use of testing as an investigative tool in processing complaints and as part of broader enforcement efforts.

Empowering Communities Through Fair Housing

The fight against discrimination is not just about compliance; it’s about building inclusive communities where every individual can thrive. By addressing source of income discrimination, we move closer to realizing the vision of a society marked by diversity and equality.

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