Purpose of AFFH

  •  To improve fair housing choice for all through fair housing planning, strategies, and actions.
  •  Provide clearer standards.
  •  Provide greater technical assistance by HUD.
  •  Ensure stronger accountability systems governing fair housing planning, strategies, and actions.
  •  Assess issues related to fair housing choice and
  •  Identify fair housing goals that will inform housing and community development policy and investment  planning.

Who Must Comply with AFFH

Grantees or sub-grantees of Community Planning and Development programs operated by HUD must affirmatively further fair housing. These programs include:

  •  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other Title I programs
  •  Home Investment Partnership (HOME)
  •  Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
  •  Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
  •  Public Housing Agencies (PHAs)
  •  Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher
  •  McKinney-Vento homeless assistance
  •  Supportive housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities (202 and 811)
  •  FHA-insured housing

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Important Definitions

Fair Housing Choice:

  • The ability of persons of similar economic levels, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin to have available to them equal housing choices.

Impediments to Fair Housing Choice:

  • Any actions, omissions, or decisions taken because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin to have available to them equal housing choices.

What has Changed

HUD is replacing the Analysis of Impediments (AI) with an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), which will use regional and nation benchmarks and data tools to facilitate the measurements of trends and changes over time.

The AFH must address the following issues which need to be solved to eliminate housing discrimination:

  • Integration and segregation
  • Concentrations of poverty
  • Disparities in access to community assets
  • Disproportionate housing needs based upon race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin or disability
  • Additionally, the AFH will assess the jurisdiction’s fair housing enforcement and fair housing outreach capacity

Where You Fit In

  • The Local Government is required to:
    • Encourage citizens, residents and other interested parties to participate in the development of the AFH or revisions to it
    • Engage with people, who are of low and moderate income, persons who are living in slums as well as minorities and non‐English speaking persons
    • Under the citizen participation plan, Local Governments will be required to explain how they addressed language needs of non‐English speaking residents to help ensure their engagement in the process