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.
- To find local housing assistance, please contact your state’s Housing Finance Agency (HFA).
- To learn more about NCSHA’s advocacy work in this area or to attend a related education event, complete the general inquiry form.
- Members of the media, please contact Lisa Bowman, Director of Marketing and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
- August 16, 2018NCSHA Urges HUD to Clarify Disparate Impact Rule
On August 16, NCSHA submitted comments to HUD on the agency’s 2013 Disparate Impact Final Rule, which implements the Fair Housing Act’s discriminatory effects standard. HUD had requested public comments on the rule because it is considering modifying the rule in light of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs vs. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.
- August 13, 2018HUD Seeks Public Comment on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regulation
Earlier today, HUD issued a press release stating its intention to reopen for public comment its 2015 final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) and made available a pre-publication of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which HUD will soon officially publish in the Federal Register.
- June 26, 2018HUD Seeks Comments on Potential Changes to its Final Rule on Fair Housing Act Disparate Impact Standard
On June 20, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (proposed rule) inviting comments on HUD’s 2013 Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Discriminatory Effects Standard final rule (disparate impact rule) as it seeks to determine what changes to the rule, if any, may be needed to reflect the outcome of the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.
Fair Housing - Resources
- September 6, 2018State Housing Finance Agencies: At the Center of the Affordable Housing System
Ten years after the Great Recession forced the federal government to make major changes to the nation’s housing system, state housing finance agencies have become more important than at any other time in their history to the system’s ability to make affordable housing available in America. This new report explains how.
- August 20, 2018NCSHA Submits Comments on HUD’s 2013 Final Rule Implementing the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard
On August 20, the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) submitted comments to HUD supporting the adoption of the Disparate Impact Rule.
- May 16, 2016Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University | 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.