Judge upholds delay of anti-segregation housing rule

August 18, 2018 - 1:21 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a decision by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to delay an Obama-era anti-discrimination rule.

Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups challenging HUD's delay of the rule.

Finalized in 2015, the rule for the first time required more than 1,200 jurisdictions receiving HUD block grants and housing aid to analyze housing stock and come up with a plan for addressing patterns of segregation.

HUD said in January that it would immediately stop reviewing plans that had been submitted but not yet accepted, and jurisdictions won't have to comply with the rule until after 2020. The agency says it's seeking to amend the rule.