Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Local governments and states that accept Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funds, as well as public housing agencies (PHAs) are required to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) by creating diverse and inclusive communities.

HUD defines AFFH as: “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 in areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. The duty to affirmatively further housing extends to all of a program participant’s activities and programs relating to housing and urban development.”

AFFH hopes for grantees to identify and address:

– Fair housing issues pertaining to patterns of integration and segregation

– Racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty

– Disparities in access to opportunity

– Disproportionate housing needs