Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

What is it? Where did the obligation come from? Why should we all be concerned and involved in 'affirmatively furthering?'

Open housing video link
This video, hosted on Vimeo, shows national experts offering an extensive introduction to the historical context, reach, breadth, and societal impact of 'affirmatively furthering.'

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Means...

... taking proactive steps beyond simply combating discrimination to foster more inclusive communities and access to community assets for all regardless of protected class status under fair housing laws.

More specifically, it means taking steps to:

  • address significant disparities in access to community assets,
  • overcome segregated living patterns and support and promote integrated communities,
  • end racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, and
  • foster and maintain compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws.

Fair Housing Choice Means...

... that individuals and families have the information, options, and protection to live where they choose without unlawful discrimination and other barriers related to protected class.

It encompasses:

  • actual choice, which means the existence of realistic housing options;
  • protected choice, which means housing that can be accessed without discrimination; and
  • enabled choice, which means the availability and realistic access to sufficient information regarding options so that any choice is informed.

HUD's AFFH site

Common Ground: Inclusive Communities Toolkit