[Hpn] HUD Called Negligent In Enforcing Bias Laws; Re: "Must Read" NCD Report

Morgan W. Brown norsehorse@hotmail.com
Tue, 06 Nov 2001 21:02:29 -0500


Below is a forward of a news brief regarding the release of the lengthy, 
comprehensive, excellently written and well documented National Council on 
Disability (NCD) <http://www.ncd.gov> report entitled "Reconstructing Fair 
Housing" <http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/fairhousing.html> which 
is a "Must Read".

The PDF version of the report is available at: 
http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/fairhousing_pdf.html

In addition, following the below forwarded news brief is a forward of the 
NCD press release announcing the release today (Tuesday, November 6, 2001) 
of the NCD report.

Morgan <norsehorse@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont

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Tuesday, November 6, 2001
Washington Post <http://www.washingtonpost.com>
[Washington, D.C.]
Federal Page
Washington in Brief
Page A04
HUD Called Negligent

In Enforcing Bias Laws
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45098-2001Nov5.html>

Federal housing authorities have not adequately enforced laws barring 
discrimination against the disabled as they seek places to live, an 
independent federal agency has concluded.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development ruled out discrimination in 
all but 2.4 percent of more than 12,000 complaints between 1988 and 2000, 
according to a report being released today by the National Council on 
Disability.

By 2000, HUD was taking an average of nearly 14 months -- more than four 
times the 100 days prescribed by law -- to complete its investigations, the 
council found. The 74-day average achieved in 1989 was the only time HUD met 
the requirement.

The council concluded that HUD's performance dramatically deteriorated over 
the dozen years.

"HUD has lost control of its own enforcement process," said the council, 
established to make policy recommendations to the president and Congress. 
"The promises of the fair housing laws have been empty for many Americans, 
with and without disabilities."

HUD spokeswoman Nancy Segerdahl acknowledged serious deficiencies, but noted 
the report covered only the performance of previous administrations. She 
said the 10-month-old Bush administration has taken steps to make 
enforcement of anti-discrimination laws a top priority.

--[End of NCD/HUD news brief]--

--snip, snip, snip--

Compiled from reports by the Associated Press, Knight Ridder and Reuters

--End of forwarded article--

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--Forwarded NCD Press Release--

NEWS RELEASE

NCD #02-341
November 6, 2001
Contact: Mark S. Quigley
202-272-2004
202-272-2074 TTY
mquigley@ncd.gov

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY EVALUATES HUD'S ENFORCEMENT OF FAIR HOUSING 
LAWS
<http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/news/r02-341.html>

WASHINGTON--The National Council on Disability (NCD) has found that despite 
legislation from1988 that mandated improving fair housing, fair housing 
enforcement remains an unfulfilled promise for Americans with disabilities. 
NCD today released its report, Reconstructing Fair Housing 
(http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/fairhousing.html), which evaluates 
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) enforcement of 
the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act to 
counter discrimination in housing, and HUD's record during the past 12 years 
in enforcing the rights of people with disabilities under these laws. The 
report states that:

The past 12 years of civil rights enforcement by HUD have left America, and 
in particular people with disabilities, needing more.


In fiscal years 1999 and 2000, people with disabilities became the single 
largest group to file housing discrimination complaints.


By the late 1990s, HUD's investigations of housing discrimination complaints 
took nearly five times as long as Congress had mandated.


Inadequate funding hampered administrative enforcement of civil rights laws.
"Clearly, HUD's fair housing enforcement system must be revised," said NCD 
board member Dave Brown. "Improving HUD's enforcement system obviously 
requires action by Congress and the Bush administration, but we believe it 
is essential that affected and at-risk groups strengthen existing coalitions 
to ensure positive action and accountability by elected and appointed 
officials."

Brown stated that people with disabilities, Native Americans, Hispanic 
Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans have mutual concerns and 
shared interests, "because we are all at risk when it comes to being 
discriminated against."

In addition to urging greater cooperation among affected and at-risk groups, 
NCD also recommended that:

The Bush Administration improve the enforcement of disability rights laws 
with input from a new HUD Citizen Advisory Panel.



The Administration, HUD, and Congress ensure that current and future HUD 
budgets are increased to provide adequate resources for enforcing 
housing-related civil rights laws.

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Note: The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal 
agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on disability 
policy. NCD first proposed and then drafted the original Americans with 
Disabilities Act. Currently, NCD is coordinating a multi-year study on the 
implementation and enforcement of ADA, the Fair Housing Act Amendments of 
1988, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other civil rights 
laws.

--End of forwarded NCD Press Release--

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Morgan <norsehorse@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA



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