In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama trumpets a new rule aimed at making it easier for communities to implement the Fair Housing Act. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday (July 11) praised the implementation of a new rule that he says will make it easier for communities to implement the Fair Housing Act. "Almost 50 years ago, Republicans and Democrats in Congress came together to pass the Fair Housing Act. It's a law that says landlords can't turn away tenants solely because of their race, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. And it made a difference in this country," said Obama during his weekly address to the American people. "Still, the work of the Fair Housing Act remains unfinished," he added. On Wednesday (July 8), the Obama administration issued a new rule requiring cities to look for racial bias in their housing practices as part of a push to make neighborhoods more racially integrated. "We're using data on housing and neighborhood conditions to help cities identify the areas that need the most help. We're doing more to help communities meet their own goals," Obama explained. "Plus, by opening this data to everybody, everyone in a community - not just elected officials - can weigh in. If you want a bus stop added near your home, or more affordable housing nearby, now you'll have the data you need to make your case."