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Advocates Applaud HUD Guidance on Housing Discrimination Over English Proficiency

Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights groups welcomed new federal guidance issued last week on housing discrimination against people with limited proficiency in English.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said Thursday that housing providers and landlords could be violating the Fair Housing Act if they use someone's limited ability to read, speak, or write English as a pretext for providing unequal treatment based on race or national origin.

Nearly one-third of Asian Americans and nine percent of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have limited proficiency in English, according to the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

"Having a limited ability to speak English should never be a reason to be denied a home," Gustavo

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HUD announces new protections for victims of harassment and survivors of domestic violence

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is publishing a final rule formalizing legal standards under the Fair Housing Act for sexual and other forms of harassment in housing.  In addition, HUD is issuing Fair Housing Act guidance on local ‘nuisance ordinances’ that may lead to housing discrimination against survivors of domestic violence and other persons in need of emergency services.

HUD is issuing its Nuisance Guidance as the country marks the 22ndanniversary of the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA). Through the VAWA 2013 reauthorization, protections have been expanded to nearly all HUD programs. Previously, only residents of public housing and Section 8 tenant-based and project-based programs were covered.

HUD’s final

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