Planning and Development: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

AFFH involves taking meaningful actions, in addition to combating discrimination, that overcome patterns of segregation.  It means fostering inclusive communities that do not restrict access to opportunities based on someone’s race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability or other state, county or local protected classes.
Examples of meaningful actions include: 

  • Overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics.  Address significant disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with A truly integrated and balanced living patterns.
  • Transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. 

The duty to affirmatively further fair housing extends to all of a jurisdiction’s activities and programs relating to housing and urban development. 

[Source: (24 C.F.R. § 5.152)]