Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
The Fair Housing Act, originally passed in 1968 and amended to expand its protections in 1988, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family status. In addition to prohibiting discrimination, the Fair Housing Act requires recipients of HUD funding to affirmatively further the goals of the Fair Housing Act by promoting fair housing and equal opportunity. In 2015, HUD published the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) final rule, which aims to provide all HUD grantees with clear guidelines and data to help them achieve the affirmatively furthering goals set out by the Fair Housing Act. The AFFH regulations seek to provide greater clarity to grantees and improve access to opportunity for protected classes.
NCSHA and its member state Housing Finance Agencies are committed to providing quality affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families free from discrimination. Central to our overriding vision of an affordably housed nation is the goal of removing fair housing obstacles that impede anyone from accessing the affordable housing of their choice.
Since the release of the AFFH final rule, NCSHA has worked with HUD on the steps the agency still needs to take before state-level grantees can begin implementing AFFH. We continue to welcome all opportunities to work with HUD to advance the Fair Housing Act’s objectives and ensure the most effective implementation possible of these regulations.
For more information on NCSHA’s Fair Housing advocacy, contact Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy, at email@example.com or 202-624-7758. Members of the media should contact Lisa Bowman, Director of Marketing and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-624-7718.
Useful Links and Documents:
- HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Resource Center
- NCSHA Comments on AFFH Proposed Rule (September 17, 2013)
- NCSHA Comments on AFFH Assessment Tool (November 25, 2014)
- NCSHA Comments on AFFH Assessment Tool Re-Opening of Comment Period (February 16, 2015)
- NCSHA Comments on AFFH Assessment Tool for States and Insular Areas First Draft (May 10, 2016)
- NCSHA Comments on AFFH Assessment Tool for States and Insular Areas Second Draft (October 27, 2016)
- September 18, 2017House Passes FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill
Late last week, the House voted largely on party lines (211-198) to pass a $1.23 trillion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending bill that includes funding for HUD and USDA housing programs.
- July 26, 2017Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2018 HUD Funding Bill
On July 25, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) approved by voice vote its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding bill.
- April 28, 2017Trump Nominates Pam Patenaude for Deputy HUD Secretary
The White House announced today that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Pamela Patenaude to serve as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Fair Housing - Resources
- May 16, 2016JCHS: The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015
One telling indicator of the state of the nation’s housing is the drop in the homeownership rate to just 64.5 percent last year, erasing nearly all of the increase in the previous two decades. The number of homeowners fell for the eighth straight year, signaling persistently weak demand in this key market segment. And the trend does not appear to be abating, with the national homeownership rate down to 63.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015.