Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

 

On July 8th, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced

the release of a fair housing regulation aimed at promoting healthy, prosperous, and stable

communities.  The rule will help jurisdictions that accept federal funds comply with the existing

mandate to “affirmatively further fair housing,” a key provision of the Fair Housing Act designed

to encourage communities to use their funds to expand equal housing opportunities.

 

Along with this Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, HUD will provide local policymakers with better data on housing, demographics, and other local conditions, as well as the tools to create locally-appropriate solutions to tackle persistent barriers to fair housing.  This rule will help communities make strategic use of the resources available to them to expand housing choices for people with disabilities, families with children, and other under-served groups. 

 

Where you live matters, and this rule will help ensure that everyone - regardless of their zip code - has a fair shot at the opportunities they need to succeed.  When Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in 1968, it recognized that government policy had helped to create deeply segregated communities and then starved many communities of the services and amenities that were critical to their health and vitality.  The AFFH rule provides local governments with the tools they need to ensure that every community has access to quality schools, good jobs, public transportation, safe streets, a healthy environment, and other factors critical for thriving neighborhoods.

NFHA President and CEO Releases Statement Following President Trump’s AFFH Tweet

Washington, D.C. — NFHA President and CEO, Lisa Rice, regarding President Donald Trump’s recent tweet about the Fair Housing Act’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision.

Trump’s tweet about rolling back the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision of the Fair Housing Act is appalling.  AFFH is a critical fair housing protection that has been on the books for more than 50 years and was passed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. seven days after his death. This important provision was designed to counteract the harmful impacts of forced residential segregation, structural racism, and systemic barriers to fair housing. Because of residential segregation and structural inequality, where you live impacts everything about you – your chances of graduating from high school or attending college, your chances of being arrested, your net worth, your credit score, your income, your chances of becoming a homeowner, and even how long you will live. Because of persistent residential segregation and structural inequality, your zip code is a better determinant of your health than your genetic code. In his tweet, Trump suggests that banning housing discrimination has a devastating impact on suburban areas. He is flatly wrong. Studies have shown that diverse neighborhoods greatly benefit both People of Color and Whites. As the nation demands an end to systemic racism, this is the last moment we should be gutting longstanding tools to do precisely that.”

Zip Code Matters: A Summit on Access to Opportunity in the Denver Metro Region

DMFHC was instrumental in creating an AFFH Summit, made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The goal of the summit was to bring together housing practitioners and community stakeholders to discuss ways we can work together and move foreward to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing in the Denver metro region. 

Presentations from the AFFH Summit:

Brian Connolly and Don Elliott

Debby Goldberg - NFHA

Beth Forbes - HBF

Heidi Aggeler

Dace West - Mile High Connects

James Whiteside - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Julie Reiskin - CCDC

Click here to access data developed for Summit attendees by  BBC!

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