Below, please find information regarding an Executive Order to strengthen work requirements, and the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
Today, the President signed an Executive Order (EO) titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.” The EO aims to promote “economic mobility, strong social networks, and accountability to the American taxpayers” by strengthening work requirements for housing and welfare recipients and evaluating the success of public assistance programs in moving participants out of poverty.
The Order states that the federal government should enforce and strengthen “requirements that promote obtaining and maintaining employment,” and calls for an investment in effective workforce development programs. Specifically, the Executive Order calls on HUD, USDA, and other federal agencies to submit recommendations for regulatory and policy reforms in order to empower people through the following “Principles of Economic Mobility”:
The EO also calls on the federal agencies to submit reports on “unqualified” immigrant access to various public assistance programs. More information is available here.
Today, HUD celebrates 50 years since the enactment of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. NAHMA participated in a ceremony at HUD headquarters with Secretary Ben Carson and Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Anna Maria Farias, titled: “The Fair Housing Act: 50 Years of Opening Doors.”
In last week’s White House proclamation of April as National Fair Housing Month, the President declared: “During April, America reaffirms its commitment to ending housing discrimination by celebrating National Fair Housing Month….My Administration has continued to fight for the American people and for equal access to opportunity in America. That is why we are exploring and developing evidence-based reforms to enhance the development of affordable housing options, free from discrimination, that can alleviate poverty and promote opportunity. My Administration intends to deliver on the promise outlined by the Fair Housing Act, by ending prejudice and unlawful discriminatory practices in the sale, lease, and financing of housing, expanding the availability of affordable housing, promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities, encouraging economic mobility, and creating more vibrant communities.”