WIRED: Algorithms Allegedly Penalized Black Renters. The US Government Is Watching

WIRED: Algorithms Allegedly Penalized Black Renters. The US Government Is Watching. “SafeRent had argued that algorithms used to screen tenants aren’t subject to the Fair Housing Act, because its scores only advise landlords and don’t make decisions. The DOJ’s brief, filed jointly with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, dismisses that claim, saying the act and associated case law leave no ambiguity.”

Public Integrity: HUD Got $9 Billion To Combat Covid-19 Impacts. Only A Quarter Has Been Spent.

Public Integrity: HUD Got $9 Billion To Combat Covid-19 Impacts. Only A Quarter Has Been Spent.. “Tucked in the massive pandemic relief act in March 2020 was about $9 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to divvy up between cities and states for housing-related coronavirus fallout. The funds could be used on rental assistance for tenants struggling to pay their landlords, housing homeless people in safe, sanitary rooms rather than in crowded shelters and the creation of pop-up COVID-19 testing sites and hospital overflow facilities, among many other uses. Twenty months later, states and cities have spent only about a quarter of that money.”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB, FHFA, & HUD Launch Joint Mortgage and Housing Assistance Website for Americans Impacted by COVID-19

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB, FHFA, & HUD Launch Joint Mortgage and Housing Assistance Website for Americans Impacted by COVID-19. “CFPB, FHFA and HUD are offering extensive CARES Act assistance and protection for Americans having trouble paying their mortgage or rent during the COVID-19 national health emergency. This joint website consolidates the CARES Act mortgage relief, protections for renters, resources for additional help, and information on how to avoid COVID-19 related scams. It also provides lookup tools for homeowners to determine if their mortgage is federally backed, and for renters to find out if their rental unit is financed by FHA, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac.”

The Verge: HUD reportedly also investigating Google and Twitter in housing discrimination probe

The Verge: HUD reportedly also investigating Google and Twitter in housing discrimination probe. “The US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which just filed housing discrimination charges against Facebook for its advertising policies, is reportedly scrutinizing Google and Twitter’s policies as well. The Washington Post writes that HUD officials told Twitter and Google about a probe into their advertising policies last year; a review is supposedly still ongoing.”

Washington Post: HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination over its targeted advertising platform

Washington Post: HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination over its targeted advertising platform. “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday it is alleging that Facebook’s targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by ‘encouraging, enabling, and causing’ unlawful discrimination by restricting who can view housing ads.” This was a developing story when I found it so there’s not much there as I include it. But I think it’s important and I’m sure it’ll be expanded.

CNET: Facebook takes heat from HUD over allegedly discriminatory housing ads

CNET: Facebook takes heat from HUD over allegedly discriminatory housing ads. “Facebook is getting in trouble again for housing ads that a US agency says are discriminatory. The Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday that it’s filed a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act because the social network lets landlords and home sellers engage in housing discrimination.”

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Newly Updated Online Tool Assists with Involving Indian Tribes Early in Section 106 Historic Preservation Process

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Newly Updated Online Tool Assists with Involving Indian Tribes Early in Section 106 Historic Preservation Process. “A key to successful Section 106 consultation is inviting interested parties to the table as early as possible in the process. However, sometimes sound research is needed to determine which Indian tribes have an interest in the project area…. A new source of information to aid in the process is the Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT), developed and administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Environment and Energy (HUD). This web-based tribal contact database contains information about the geographic areas of current and ancestral interest to federally recognized Indian tribes.”

HUD Suffers Two Data Leaks Impacting About 480,000 People

Looks like the latest data leak was at HUD. “Personal information for roughly 480,000 people was exposed in two separate privacy incidents earlier this year involving the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website. The two incidents occurred on Aug. 29 and Sept. 14, the department said in a statement posted to its website Monday. HUD mailed letters to affected individuals in early November apologizing for the incidents and detailing the steps the agency is taking to address them. The letters were signed by the department’s executive secretary and senior agency official for privacy, Helen Goff Foster.” The headline says “breach” but the story reads like these were two data leaks, not hacking incidents.