Why is there a community participation requirement for the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH)?

Date Published: September 2016

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In completing an AFH, program participants must ensure that the AFH is informed by meaningful community participation, and must give reasonable opportunities for public involvement in the development of the AFH and in the incorporation of the AFH into the Consolidated Plan, Public Housing Agency (PHA) plan, and other required planning documents. Fair housing planning affects the community as a whole, so all people in the community must have the opportunity to be at the table and participate in making decisions that affect their community and their lives. For this reason, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule makes community participation an important part of the development of the AFH and subsequent planning to help ensure the integrity and, ultimately, the success of program participants’ efforts to affirmatively furthering fair housing.

These requirements are aimed at assisting program participants achieve 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.

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