HUD’s rule clarifies existing fair housing obligations with a streamlined process to analyze the local fair housing landscape and set fair housing priorities and goals through an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH).
The rule identifies four fair housing issues that program participants will assess:
Patterns of integration and segregation;
Racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty;
Disparities in access to opportunity; and
Disproportionate housing needs.
The AFH process begins with the provision of data, guidance, and an assessment tool that will help program participants identify fair housing issues and related contributing factors in their jurisdiction and region. Program participants are required to set goals to overcome fair housing issues and related contributing factors. Those goals must inform subsequent housing and community development planning processes.