A new rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development will attempt to reverse historical patterns of housing discrimination by providing communities that received federal funds with data they must use to study segregation patterns. After analyzing the data—which includes identifying areas of race and poverty as well as access to jobs and good schools—communities must set goals for minimizing segregation and monitor the results.

“This is a very thoughtful attempt by HUD to come up with a rule that gives some teeth to a small provision of the Fair Housing Act,” said Amy Glassman, of counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP, which advises public housing authorities and other multifamily housing providers on fair-housing compliance and defends them in enforcement actions.

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