HUD Proposes New “Fair Housing” Rule

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Originally Published by: NAHB — January 19, 2023
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced it is proposing a new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.

This proposed rule implements the Fair Housing Act's affirmatively furthering fair housing mandate, which directs the government to promote fair housing choice, eliminate disparities in housing and foster inclusive communities.

HUD says this 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.

According to HUD, the proposed rule retains much of the 2015 AFFH rule’s core planning process. Under the proposed rule, program participants would submit an equity plan to HUD every five years for review and acceptance. In addition, program participants would be required to conduct and submit to HUD annual progress evaluations that describe progress toward and/or any needed modifications of each goal in the equity plan.

Read HUD’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

For further information, please reference this fact sheet, quick reference guide, and public comment how-to guide.