What is community participation?

Date Published: September 2016

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Community participation, consultation, and coordination is required under the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) rule (24 CFR § 5.158). While they have different names, the requirements for community participation under the AFFH rule are the same as the “Citizen Participation” requirements in HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) regulations and the “public participation” requirements in HUD regulations for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), including amendments made by the AFFH Final Rule. However, please note that the community participation required for the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) and those required for subsequent plans (such as the Consolidated Plan or PHA Plan) are two separate processes.

For the purposes of the rule, community participation as required in 24 CFR § 5.158, “means a solicitation of views and recommendations from members of the community and other interested parties, a consideration of the views and recommendations received, and a process for incorporating such views and recommendations into decisions and outcomes.”

Program participants must ensure an AFH is informed by meaningful community participation in the process of analyzing data; identifying fair housing issues and factors contributing to fair housing issues; and developing fair housing goals within the AFH. In conducting the community participation process, program participants must conduct outreach to those populations who have historically experienced exclusion, including racial and ethnic minorities, Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons, and persons with disabilities.

Without meeting the community participation requirements, an AFH will be found to be substantially incomplete and not accepted by HUD.

For more information concerning community participation please refer to Sections 3.4 of HUD’s AFFH Rule Guidebook. See also the Fact Sheets about community participation for Consolidated Plan program participants and for Public Housing Agencies.

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