Date Published: October 2015
As indicated in the Guidance, Grantees will evaluate their affirmative fair housing outreach activities and make a determination as to whether these activities have been successful. HUD does not provide a threshold percentage for several reasons. First, a specific percentage change in a state where the “least likely to apply” population is a very small percentage of the target population may have a different meaning than the same percentage change in a state where the “least likely to apply” population is a larger percentage of the target population. Second, it is possible that despite diligent efforts to reach a certain “least likely to apply” population, a state may find the population remains underrepresented in the final applicant or tenant pool. It is more important that the Grantee evaluate and try to understand the results of their special outreach efforts than to meet any specific threshold.