The 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act—and what comes next

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The 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act—and what comes next

Today marks 50 years since the Fair Housing Act was enacted, passed to combat segregation and discrimination in communities nationwide.

This was undeniably an important step forward, but today, many cities across the country remain segregated by race and income—making it much more difficult for some residents to rise out of poverty.

The Obama administration had worked hard to address this, issuing a requirement that cities and localities account for how they would use federal housing funds to reduce racial disparities. They had also proposed major changes to our country’s biggest federal subsidy program, which would have given low-income families in wealthier areas more money for vouchers.

Now, the Trump administration and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson have rolled back or stalled many of these changes. Instead of looking out for struggling Americans, they continue to look out for themselves.

Sherrod has repeatedly said that this administration’s unwillingness to help hardworking families is unacceptable. Just last month, he called out Ben Carson for his proposed cuts to the HUD budget and his spending habits, lamenting this administration’s lack of effort in actually improving unsafe, unsanitary, and unfair conditions in public housing.

HUD’s policies have a real, everyday impact on families across Ohio, and nationwide. It’s so important that we keep Sherrod in the Senate, fighting to make the system more fair for all Ohioans. And that means we all need to step up and do our part to defend this Senate seat. Make sure you’re getting involved—here are some ways you can have an impact on the race right now.