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Trump administration halts housing segregation rule until 2020

President Trump speaks with HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

The Trump administration has delayed an Obama-era requirement that communities research their levels of housing segregation and present proposals to fix it in order to receive federal housing aid, per The New York Times.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development didn't repeal the rule outright, but stated that proposals submitted under the requirement would no longer be reviewed.

Why it matters: Experts told NYT that the decision could presage HUD cutting the rule entirely, allowing a reversion to the pre-2015 mean where the federal government could turn a blind eye to effective segregation — for example, by allowing local governments to place housing projects only in majority-black neighborhoods.