Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. This obligation to affirmatively further fair housing has been in the Fair Housing Act since 1968 (for further information see Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 3608 and Executive Order 12892). HUD's AFFH rule provides an effective planning approach to aid program participants in taking meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination. As provided in the rule, AFFH means "taking meaningful actions, in addition to combating discrimination, that overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics. Specifically, affirmatively furthering fair housing means taking meaningful actions that, taken together, address significant disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. The duty to affirmatively further fair housing extends to all of a program participant's activities and programs relating to housing and urban development."

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AFFH News & Announcements

HUD Announces New Data Version (AFFHT0004) on the AFFH Data and Mapping Tool
Date Posted: November 17, 2017

Clarification: HUD Announces Changes to the AFFH Data and Mapping Tool
Date Posted: October 16, 2017

HUD Announces Changes to the AFFH Data and Mapping Tool (AFFH-T)
Date Posted: September 26, 2017

Announcement of Changes to the AFFH Data and Mapping Tool (AFFH-T) and the AFFH User Interface (AFFH-UI)
Date Posted: July 20, 2017

Now Available: Interim Guidance for Program Participants on Status of Assessment Tools and Submission Options
Date Posted: January 19, 2017

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Assessment Tools

HUD has provided Assessment Tools for conducting an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH)

Resources and Training Material

Fact sheets, trainings, data and mapping resources, and other materials are available to assist program participants

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