The National Housing Law Project is offering webinars providing an overview of the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulations, an update on the rule’s implementation, and information on HUD’s local government assessment tool and online AFFH data and mapping tool.
The primary innovation of the AFFH rule is the creation of the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), a framework that requires HUD funding recipients to analyze fair housing issues like disproportionate housing needs and disparities in access to opportunity and to set goals to overcome such issues. The AFH is replacing the Analysis of Impediments (AI). Twenty-two localities are preparing to submit the first round of AFHs, with perhaps another 105 slated to submit their AFHs in 2017. Most local governments, states, and public housing agencies will not be required to submit an AFH until 2019 or later, but must continue to affirmatively further fair housing under the current AI process.
The webinars are free for housing, civil rights, and tenant advocates in California, and available for $25 for those outside of California. The first webinar explaining the AFFH rule and its implementation will take place on April 27 at 2 pm ET. A second webinar on May 18 will provide a practical introduction to HUD’s local government assessment tool and online AFFH data and mapping tool.
NLIHC has AFFH information at http://nlihc.org/issues/affh