Do I have to use the AFFH Data and Mapping Tool?

Date Published: September 2016

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The AFFH rule requires the analysis of data to complete the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) (24 C.F.R. § 5.154). Program participants must use HUD-provided data and must supplement this data with local data and local knowledge when it meets the criteria under 24 C.F.R. § 5.152, and as more fully explained in the Assessment Tool Instructions.

HUD is providing maps and tables to be used in completing the Assessment Tool. HUD is providing maps and tables with both jurisdiction-level and region-wide information. Maps are great tools to visualize data and tables are necessary accompaniments to display and represent the data contained in the maps. Data should be used to assess a geographic area’s fair housing issues and contributing factors and to set fair housing priorities and goals.

The rule provides for program participants to supplement data provided by HUD with local data and local knowledge. Local data must be used to supplement HUD provided data and HUD requires program participants to include such data in their AFH. Local knowledge includes, among other things, any information obtained through the community participation process. Local data and knowledge provide local context for the HUD-provided data, and can be a valuable means of supplementing the HUD-provided data and is important for providing context in an AFH. The provision of the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule related to local data and local knowledge are located at 24 C.F.R. § 5.152.

For additional information please see Section 4.1, of the AFFH Rule Guidebook.

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