A member of the U.S. Cabinet comes to Illinois to announce a new rule designed to promote racially integrated neighborhoods and cities.
The rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is aimed to provide better data to cities in order to achieve the goals of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, promoting access to quality housing regardless of race or other factors.
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U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the rule in Chicago, but says it will lead to change in other Illinois cities with segregation problems, like Peoria, Danville, and the Metro East area.
“This tool is about helping them be better about planning and stretching out those resources and ensuring that just because you’re low-income doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in low-opportunity areas,” Castro said.
Crafting those policies will be left to local governments, though if they fail to address segregation problems, HUD funds can be withheld.