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 email@example.com.
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)
- NCSHA Comments on 2018 ANPR on AFFH Regulations (October 15, 2018)
- October 18, 2018NCSHA Comment to HUD Supports Data-Based Fair Housing Planning
This week, NCSHA submitted comments to HUD in response to the Department’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on streamlining and enhancing its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Final Rule.
- 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.
Fair Housing - Resources
- October 15, 2018NCSHA Comments on 2018 ANPR on AFFH Regulations
NCSHA provided comments to HUD on its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Streamlining and Enhancements.
- 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.