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Reception Sponsors












Event Partners 

















Fair Housing Association of Connecticut



Corporation for Supportive Housing







Office of Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities 


Connecticut Legal Rights Project














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Thursday, June 9, 2016

UConn School of Law, Hartford, CT

As soon as 2017, communities and states across the country must have plans in place to affirmatively further fair housing and equalize access to opportunity.  HUD is also creating new sources of data and other resources to create and implement these plans. Every jurisdiction receiving HUD funding must create a plan, but these plans are only as good as the community input that goes into them.  Join us to learn more about this tool to shape diverse and equitable communities. This multi-state conference will host leaders from a variety of legal, housing and community based organizations to explore the ruling, implications and possible applications. For more information on the rule, check out our AFFH toolkit.

We'd like to thank our partner in this event, UConn School of Law, for their help and support in putting together this event! 



Keynote Speaker: Betsy Julian, Founder & Senior Counsel, Inclusive Communities Project

Elizabeth (Betsy) Julian is president of the Dallas-based Inclusive Communities Project. From 1993 to 1996, she worked as Deputy General Counsel for Civil Rights & Litigation, later as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her pre-HUD experience includes 20 years of practice of poverty and civil rights law in Texas, where she represented primarily low-income clients in cases involving housing discrimination, voting rights, municipal services discrimination and indigent health care. From 1988-90 she was executive director of Legal Services of North Texas, and helped found the Texas Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ms. Julian is one of the primary architects of ICP's legal challenge to the state of Texas' allocations of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which was decided in ICP's favor in June 2015 by the U.S. Supreme Court. 


Agenda & Presentations

Click here to view the full program for this event

Welcome and Overview 

  • Video Welcome - Senator Chris Murphy
  • Collaboration and the Affirmatively Furthering Rule - Jim Reed, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region I Regional Administrator
  • What is the New Rule? - Michael Allen, Relman, Dane, and Colfax, PLLC

How Neighborhood Affects the Lives of Low Income Families - Housing and Beyond

  • Introduction - Erin Boggs, Open Communities Alliance
  • The Current State of the Research - Ann Owens, University of Southern California

The Importance of Engagement and Defining Community Goals: Case Studies

  • Introduction & Evolution of the Rule - Anika Singh Lemar, Yale Law School
  • Designing a Engagement Strategy - Philip Tegeler, Poverty and Race Research Action Council
  • The AFFH Rule as a Tool for Educational Equity - Tanya Clay House, U.S. Department of Education
    • Presentation forthcoming
  • Transportation Equity Case Study - Ajmel Quereshi, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Using Mapping to Support Your Advocacy

  • Introduction - Erin Kemple, Connecticut Fair Housing Center
  • Jason Reece, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Breakout Sessions by Topic

  • Affordable and Supportive Housing in Higher Opportunity Areas & Displacement Protections
  • Health, Environmental Justice, and Transportation Equity
    • Amanda Kennedy, Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (Moderator)
    • Scott Gaul, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
    • Ajmel Quereshi, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing to Advance Education Equity
    • Subira Gordon, Connecticut Commission on Equity (Moderator)
    • Philip Tegeler, Poverty and Race Research Action Council
    • Assistant Secretary Tanya Clay House, U.S. Department of Education
  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in State and Regional Planning
    • Susan Forward, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Moderator)
    • Jason Reece, Kirwan Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    • Jennifer Erickson, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    • Jeffrey Sussman, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Keynote Speech - Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Opportunity to Make Wrong Right, Betsy Julian, Inclusive Communities Project 


General AFFH Resources (for more, visit our AFFH Toolkit!)

Education and Housing Connection Resources

AFFH Litigation

  • Open Communities Alliance
  • 75 Charter Oak Avenue
  • Suite 1-200
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040