Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, proposed changes to an Obama-era rule aimed at combating segregation in housing policy, reports Brakkton Booker, a producer and reporter for NPR.

In a statement, Carson said the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, enacted during the previous administration, "often dictated unworkable requirements" adding that the rule was also "suffocating investment in some of our most distressed neighborhoods."

"We do not have to abandon communities in need. Instead we believe we can craft a new, fairer rule that creates choices for quality housing across all communities," Carson said.

HUD is accepting comment from the public for the next 60 days.

Earlier, fair housing advocates filed a suit to compel Carson and HUD to implement the 2015 AFFH rule, reports Booker. To read his story, click on the link below.

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