Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Toolkit

On July 16, 2015, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development released its final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing – 47 years after passage of the Fair Housing Act that it is intended to implement. This Toolkit is designed to provide a basic overview of the new rule and supplemental resources.




Redlining was a government policy that explicitly considered race in rating neighborhood stability and put people of color and others at a tremendous disadvantage in the housing market for generations. For more on historical governmental policies that fostered segregation, visit OCA's Connecting to History page. Redlining map of the Hartford Region (1937) courtesy of Professor Jack Dougherty, On The Line. 

orange_arrow.png What is Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)?

Taking meaningful actions [to] … 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 into areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. More...

orange_arrow.png Why is the new AFFH Rule important?

Read Open Communities Alliance's blog on the significance of the new rule and the elements that must be in place to ensure it is effective.

orange_arrow.png Frequently Asked Questions about the New Rule

  • Why do we need the Affirmatively Furthering Rule?

  • Who does the new rule apply to?
  • What does the new rule require?

See Open Communities Alliance's fact sheet!

orange_arrow.png Current AFFH Requirements



Open Communities Alliance hosted a conference on the new AFFH rule at UConn School of Law in June 2016. The full resource guide from the conference is available here, and full information and resources from the conference are available here.

The requirement for grantees to produce a Fair Housing Assessment under the AFFH rule does not start immediately. Grantees should review this guidance from HUD to learn more about deadlines for the new rule. In the meantime, jurisdictions that receive certain federal monies from HUD continue to have the obligation to conduct an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and a Consolidated Plan.

 orange_arrow.png Resources

Open Communities Alliance partnered with the University of Connecticut School of Law in June 2016 to offer a full day conference on the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. Conference materials are available here.

orange_arrow.png Webinars



 PolicyLink - A Pivotal Step Toward Opportunity: The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule


 NFHA - #ZipCodeMatters: Talking about HUD's New Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule



 HUD Introduction to the New Affirmatively Furthering Rule, 10/8/2015


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