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Public Comment Requested on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regulations

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

On July 19, 2013 the Department of Housing and Urban Development released the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Proposed Rule for public comment. The proposed rule will try and address the shortfalls of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

According to a summary released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, major features of the proposed rule include:

  • Replacing the current Analysis of Impediments (AI) (for which no format or standards exist), with a standardized Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH).
  • Provision of comprehensive, nationally uniform data by HUD.
  • Incorporating language in the Consolidated Plan and PHA Plan regulations that directly ties those plans’ priority setting, commitment of resources, and specific activities into the AFH.
  • Requiring the AFH to be submitted to HUD for review and approval (AIs are not submitted to or reviewed by HUD) well in advance of preparing a Consolidated Plan or PHA Plan so that the AFH informs the priorities, strategies, and future activities covered by those plans.

All comments must be received by September 17, 2013.

Read a detailed summary of the report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. 

Click here to read the proposed rules. 


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