Date Published: September 2016
The Assessment Tool, which is defined by the regulation at 24 C.F.R. § 5.152, refers collectively to the required forms, templates, and instructions provided by HUD that program participants must use to conduct and submit an AFH pursuant to 24 C.F.R. § 5.154. HUD released one Assessment Tool on December 31, 2015 for use by local governments, and for other program participants who want to collaborate on a joint or regional AFH, including other local governments and Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). The Assessment Tool consists of a series of questions and instructions designed to enable program participants to identify contributing factors and related fair housing issues, including, among other things, patterns of integration and segregation, racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, disparities in access to opportunity, and disproportionate housing needs, for each of the protected classes under the Fair Housing Act.
HUD will separately publish AFH Assessment Tools for States and Insular Areas and for PHAs that choose to conduct individual AFHs, joint or regional AFHs where the State or Insular Area is the lead, or where multiple PHAs conduct a joint AFH. Each of these publications will be announced in the Federal Register and will have undergone a 60-day and subsequent 30-day comment period in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.
For more information concerning AFH Assessment Tool please refer to the definition of Assessment Tool at 24 C.F.R. § 5.152, the finalized Assessment Tool for Local Governments and any joint or regional collaborations, and updates on the Assessment Tools, which are available on the Proposed AFFH Assessment Tools page.