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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act has two goals: to end housing discrimination and to promote diverse, inclusive communities. This section of the Fair Housing Act speaks directly to the second goal, embodying our strongly-held American values of fair access and equal opportunity.

Diverse, inclusive communities with access to good jobs, schools, health care, transportation, and housing are crucial to our nation’s prosperity in the 21st century. A hard-learned lesson from the recent economic crisis is that when some of our communities are targeted for discriminatory practices, all of our communities are detrimentally affected. Our global competitiveness is challenged when all of our communities do not have the opportunity to succeed together.
Proposed AFFH Regulation

On Friday, July 19, 2013, HUD issued a regulation about affirmatively furthering fair housing. Through the proposed rule, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes to provide HUD program participants with more effective means to affirmatively further the purposes and policies of the Fair Housing Act, title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

To read the rule in its entirety, please click here

To use HUD's geospatial tool, please click here

To view HUD's AFFH page, please click here

To view a statement by NFHA and 11 other civil rights organizations, please click here

To read NFHA's comments on the rule, please click here

To read the comment letter sent to HUD signed by 41 national civil rights, fair housing, women’s, disability, LBGT, and consumer organizations, and labor unions, please click here
AFFH Messaging Memo

In coordination with the Opportunity Agenda, the National Fair Housing Alliance is pleased to share messaging guidance regarding the proposed regulations and fair housing generally. This memo draws on available opinion research, practical experience, and communications principles.

To view the memo in its entirety, please click here
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Related Documents
 TitleDescription
NFHA Model AFFH Comment LetterThis document is a sample a copy of NFHA’s model comment letter
NFHA Glossary of Acronyms and Common Words & PhrasesA list of of Acronyms and Common Words & Phrases associated with HUD's Proposed AFFH Rule
NFHA AFFH Webinar PowerPoint PresentationThis presentation discusses HUD’s Proposed Regulation on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)
Putting AFFH into Action By: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty LawHow affirmatively furthering fair housing advocacy can influence and improve the actions of entitlement jurisdictions & public housing authorities
The Relationship Between Racial Integration and the Duty to Further Fair Housing by The Opportunity AgendaA memorandum that discusses the contemporary relevance of residential integration to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s affirmative fair housing duties.
Tackling Segregation: AFFH By: NFHAA discussion about racial disparities and housing
Reforming HUD’s Regulations to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing By The Opportunity AgendaA public policy brief providing commendations toward the revitalization of HUD’s duty to administer AFFH
HUD Letters of Findings of Non Compliance to the Mayor of DubuqueA letter to Mayor Buol of Dubuque, Iowa, detailing several civil rights related findings of noncompliance
HUD AFFH ComplianceA general overview of compliance as it relates to AFFH
Analysis of HUD’s Proposed AFFH Rule by Michael Allen of Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLCMichael Allen of Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC provides an analysis based on the Briefing of the Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing HUD Rule
HUD Memo: Compliance-Based Evaluations of a Recipient's Certifications that it has AFFHA memo about the actions, strategies, and authorities that field staff should use to undertake enforcement of AFFH
New Horizons Cooperative By: Diamond State Community Land TrustA few photos of an apartment building in Madison Heights, Michigan
Leadership Conference Fair Housing Task Force Letter to HUDA letter to HUD proposing what should be incorporated in the draft rule before it was released.
Indicators to Evaluate the Opportunity Impacts of Federally Supported Housing and Urb. Dev. Projects By The Opportunity AgendaA memorandum that discusses indicators to be used in evaluating geographic access to opportunity, including available sources of relevant data.
HUD Report Cards
During the first term of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reaffirmed a broad commitment to fair housing. However, while fair housing enforcement at the agency has increased noticeably, the task of reforming HUD’s own programs has been painstakingly slow. The Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) has published a report card in two parts, the second part of which was done in conjunction with NFHA and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

To view part one of the report card in its entirety, please click here

To view part two of the report card in its entirety, please click here
Population Trends/Residential Patterns
To view the MetroTrends Blog, a blog run by the Urban Institute about the changes and challenges facing metropolitan America, please click here

To view a dot map showing racial and ethnic divisions in the United States, please click here

Popular Media
To view The Atlantic Cities website, which explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhood, please click here

To view the interactive article titled, "In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters," published on the New York Times, please click here

To view Housing First, a special report by NPR exploring why it's so difficult for Americans with special needs to find good housing, please click here

To view the article titled "The Land(scape) of Opportunity," by The Opportunity Agenda's Alan Jenkins, please click here

To view the article titled "One Goal of the March on Washington Gets a Bit Closer," by Barbara Sard please click here

To view the article titled "An important goal of the 1963 March on Washington remains unfulfilled," by Alan Jenkins please click here

To view The Atlantic Cities webpage which explores where opportunity is hardest to find, please click here

To view The Atlantic Cities webpage which maps 60 years of American Migration, please click here
Benefits of Diversity & Costs of Segregation
To view some of the different benefits of diversity from ARicherLife.org, a NFHA website, please click here

To read about how non-minority students also benefit from racially diverse schools, please click here

To read about the disadvantages of segregation, please click here
Racial Disparities
To read the Urban Institute report titled, "Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation," please click here

To read the Urban Studies report titled, "Residential Segregation, Spatial Mismatch and Economic Growth across U.S. Metropolitan Areas," please click here
AFFH Related Court Cases



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