Date Published: September 2016
There are some portions of the community participation requirements that are the same for Consolidated Plan program participants and Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and some portions that are different. All program participants must follow the community participation requirements at Sections 5.154 and 5.158 of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.
All Program Participants
All program participants provide a summary of Community Participation in the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) pursuant to 24 CFR § 5.154. Section 5.154 program participants are required to report on their community participation processes and outcomes in the AFH. The AFH must include:
The requirements at 24 CFR § 5.158 provide that the public has reasonable opportunities for involvement in the development of the AFH and in the incorporation of the AFH into Consolidated Plans and/or Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plans. These requirements are aimed at assisting program participants in achieving an inclusive fair housing planning process where community members, community-based organizations, and program participants contribute to the development of the AFH, as well as plans and activities to achieve fair housing goals specified in the AFH.
Consolidated Plan Program Participants
The Consolidated Plan program participant must follow the policies and procedures described in its applicable Citizen Participation Plan. Note, however, that Consolidated Plan program participants must update their Citizen Participation Plans to reflect the requirements of the AFFH rule.
Consolidated Plan program participants must follow the policies and procedures described in 24 CFR part 91 (see 24 CFR §§ 91.100, 91.105, 91.110, 91.115, 91.235, and 91.401), in the process of developing the AFH, obtaining community feedback, and addressing complaints. This includes, but is not limited to:
PHA Program Participants
PHAs must follow the policies and procedures described in 24 CFR §§ 903.13, 903.15, 903.17, and 903.19 in the process of developing the AFH, obtaining Resident Advisory Board and community feedback, and addressing complaints. This includes, but is not limited to:
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.