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HUD issues new guidance around discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act for people with limited english proficiency
(WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2016)
-- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a “Limited English Proficiency” (LEP) guidance that addresses how those with limited English proficiency are protected against discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.
HUD announced in a Sept. 15 press release that it has created new guidelines to clarify that those seeking housing cannot be discriminated against due to a limited ability to speak, read, write or understand English.
LEP guidance prohibits housing providers from using limited English proficiency selectively as an excuse for intentional housing discrimination. It also blocks landlords from using limited English proficiency to cause an unjustified discriminatory effect.
According to the press release, the LEP guidance would prohibit “applying a language-related requirement to people of certain races or nationalities; posting advertisements that contain blanket statements, such as ‘all tenants must speak English’; or immediately turning away applicants who are not fluent in English.” In addition, housing providers may not target racial or national groups for scans related to housing.
FULL STORY at sparechangenews.net