Thursday, March 17, 2011

HAC News on stopgap spending & more

HAC News for March 16 notes the next continuing resolution, H.J. Res 48, is in the pipeline and they'll be watching it through on the main Housing Assistance Council site.

Apart from which, there's the usual busy undercard of HUD stuff, and the newsletter concludes modestly with a reference to HAC's own recent study on responses to rural fair housing complaints. Starting with a HUD data set known endearingly as TEAPOTS, which contains 91,000 complaints filed 1998-2008, they dug out the rural housing items -- 13% of the total -- and focused in. Interestingly, "disability has replaced race as the major basis of complaint." The recommendations suggest in different ways that effective fair housing enforcement depends on the difficult job of getting to know both victims and perpetrators in close-knit small towns.

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