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.

 

The final AFFH rule can be found here.

 

The assessment tool is accepting comments until August 17th, 2015.  Information about the assessment tool can be found here and comments can be made here.

 

A manual of AFFH best practices for public housing authorities has been created by HOPE Fair Housing Center and can be found here.

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

 

On November 12th and 13th DMFHC coordinated 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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