HUD Announces New Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is moving towards implementing its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule that would apply to HUD program participants.

The agency said it will imminently publish a “notice of proposed rulemaking” in the Federal Register with a proposed rule that implements the Fair Housing Act’s AFFH mandate. The proposed rule:

  • Streamlines the required fair housing analysis for local communities, states, and public housing agencies and requires them to set ambitious goals to address fair housing issues facing their communities, among other landmark changes.
  • Aims to spur HUD program participants to take action in order to ensure members of protected classes have equitable access to affordable housing opportunities.
  • Will require program participants to submit to HUD for review and acceptance an “equity plan” every five years.
  • Will require program participants to conduct and submit annual progress evaluations to HUD.

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HUD seeks public comment on this proposed rule and invites all interested parties and members of the public to submit their views, comments, and recommendations for improvement for this proposal. Comments may be submitted electronically through, or through the methods described in the proposed rule. Read HUD's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.