HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) final rule to equip communities that receive federal funding with the data and tools that will help them to meet long standing fair housing obligations with the use of those funds.

Our St. Louis Conference: Expanding Opportunities and Creating Equity will focus on the obligations of grantees under AFFH, and to be better able to assess the state of fair housing and set local priorities and goals.

To aid communities in this work, HUD has opened data to grantees and the public on patterns of integration and segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, disproportionate housing needs, and disparities in access to opportunity. This improved approach provides a better mechanism for grantees to build fair housing goals into existing community development and housing planning processes.

In addition to providing data and maps, HUD is also providing technical assistance to aid grantees as they adopt this approach.

We have invited Bryan Greene of HUD to be our keynote speaker and National known Fair Housing Consultant Jeffrey May to help explain/share best practices.

The conference will focus on key features of this final rule which include:

  • Clarifying existing obligations.
  • Publicly open data on fair housing and access to opportunity.
  • A balanced approach to fair housing
  • Expanding access to opportunity
  • Valuing local data and knowledge
  • Customized tools for local leaders
  • Encouraging collaboration
  • Community voice
  • A phased-in approach
  • Additional time for small grantees and recent regional collaborations

The goal of the conference is for all stakeholders and citizens to better understand the guidelines and the data, because no child’s ZIP code should determine his or her opportunity to achieve.

We hope you find this conference creates actionable and attainable opportunities for collaboration and community improvement.