AFFH Comment Deadline Extended to April 24; NLIHC Offers Sample Comment Letter

HUD has extended the deadline for submitting comments about proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulations to April 24. NLIHC urges advocates to take advantage of the additional time to submit a comment. To make the process easier, NLIHC has prepared a sample comment letter for advocates who have not studied the proposed AFFH rule to use in submitting comments regarding the rule. NLIHC and other advocacy organizations are generally pleased with the proposed rule and will register their support, while also providing recommendations for improvements to the rule’s final version. NLIHC encourages all advocates to voice their support for the proposed AFFH rule. Comments are now due by 11:59 pm ET on April 24. NLIHC has prepared step-by-step instructions for submitting comment letters via

The sample comment letter highlights six very favorable features of the proposed rule:

  • Enhanced community engagement.
  • Greater public transparency.
  • A public complaint process.
  • A stronger link between the AFFH Equity Plan’s fair housing goals and Consolidated Plan and PHA Plan implementation.
  • An annual evaluation of progress toward achieving fair housing goals.
  • Clarification of and emphasis on the need for a balanced approach to AFFH (using both place-based and mobility strategies and actions).

The sample comment letter also offers suggestions for improving the proposed rule relating to community engagement, public transparency, and annual progress evaluation. There are also recommendations for speeding up the timeline for required revisions to an Equity Plan after a Presidentially Declared Disaster and for improving the definition of “affordable housing opportunities.”

The Federal Register notice announcing the extended deadline can be found at:

The HUD media release about the extended deadline can be found at:

NLIHC’s sample AFFH comment letter can be found at:

NLIHC has prepared step-by-step instructions for submitting comment letters via at:

Read NLIHC’s “Overview of Key AFFH Definitions” at:

Read NLIHC’s “Revised Overview of AFFH Community Engagement and Complaint Processes” at:

Read NLIHC’s “Overview of the AFFH Equity Plan” at:

Read NLIHC’s “Preliminary Overview of AFFH Equity Plan Submission and HUD Review and Compliance Procedures” at:

Read NLIHC’s “Preliminary Highlights of Five Positive Overarching Features of the Proposed AFFH Rule,” first provided in Memo, 2/13.

Read NLIHC’s “Key Provisions of the 2023 Proposed AFFH Rule: Based on the Executive Summary and Background Sections of the Preamble,” first provided in Memo, 1/23.

More information about Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is on page 8-12 of NLIHC’s newly released 2023 Advocates’ Guide and on NLIHC’s Racial Equity and Fair Housing website of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing webpages.

Find HUD’s easy-to-read preview version of the proposed AFFH rule at:

Find the Federal Register version of the proposed AFFH rule at: