Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Resources

NFHA AFFH-Related Press Releases

News Articles

  • What Trump Misunderstands About Suburban Voters (The Atlantic)
  • 9 questions about Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, answered (Inman)
  • With Rule Changes, Trump Launches ‘an Attack on Fair Housing From All Sides’ (Bloomberg CityLab)
  • Fact-check: In repealing Obama-era rule, Trump makes false claims about low-income housing, crime and the suburbs (CNN)
  • Why the homeownership gap between White and Black Americans is larger today than it was over 50 years ago (CNBC)
  • ‘We Could be Living in the 1890s’: How Housing Discrimination is Still Perpetuated Today (Money)
  • Why is Fair Housing Still a Distant Journey for Black America? (The Washington Informer)
  • CLPHA and others voice opposition to elimination of AFFH rule and reject its new substitute (HousingWire)
  • Fact-check: In repealing Obama-era rule, Trump makes false claims about low-income housing, crime and the suburbs (KTEN NBC/CW/ABC Affiliate)
  • The American dream while Black: ‘Locked in a vicious cycle’ (NBC News)
  • NAR comes out strong against AFFH fair housing rule termination (HousingWire)
  • Fair Housing Advocates Decry Repeal Of Regulation Aimed At Diversifying Suburbs (Forbes)
  • Trump says he’ll keep low-income housing out of suburbs as he rescinds Obama-era anti-segregation regulation (Marketwatch)
  • HUD Eliminates Obama Era Fair Housing Rule (Mortgage News Daily)
  • Trump urges ‘suburban housewives’ to support his plan to bring back segregation (The American Independent)
  • Trump Moves to Roll Back Obama Program Addressing Housing Discrimination (The New York Times)
  • HUD revokes Obama-era rule designed to diversify the suburbs (Associated Press)
  • Fair housing groups slam Trump’s suburban racial rhetoric (Associated Press)
  • Trump tweet about fair housing law enrages advocates (National Mortgage News)
  • HUD Rule Met With Opposition for Eliminating Housing Discrimination Protection (National Mortgage Professional)
  • How Trump is rolling back housing desegregation rules, explained (Curbed)
  • HUD’s fair housing policies could promote further racial discrimination, experts say (NBC News)
  • Trump moves to roll back Obama housing desegregation rule (POLITICO)
  • Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law” (ProPublica) An exploration of the politics and history of the Fair Housing Act and its goal of ending segregation. This article is part of the ProPublica series “Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide.”
  • This American Life #512, “House Rules” “Where you live is important. It can dictate the quality of schools and hospitals, as well as things like cancer rates, unemployment, or whether the city repairs roads in your neighborhood. On this show, stories about destiny by address.”
  • Housing First,” a year-long special reporting project by NPR “explor[ing] why it’s so difficult for Americans with special needs to find good housing — and how the lack of housing often stymies their efforts to join, and flourish in, the mainstream of society.”
  • The Atlantic’s CityLab (formerly The Atlantic’s Cities) explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods.
  • The New York Times’ In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters” reports on a study finding that the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte and much higher in New York and Boston.

HUD Resources

How Public Housing Agencies Conduct their Assessment of Fair Housing

Government Reports and Publications

HUD Guidance Memos

HUD Report Cards

During the first term of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reaffirmed a broad commitment to fair housing. The Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) reviewed these efforts at HUD and has published its findings in a two-part report card, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing at HUD: A First Term Report Card:

AFFH-Related Court Cases

The courts also play an important role in enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. Several court cases have been particularly important in affirming that tackling segregation was an integral part of Congress’ intent in enacting the Fair Housing Act and that HUD has both the authority and the responsibility to address this in administering its programs.

Population Trends/Residential Patterns

Information about population trends in the U.S. that is useful for understanding residential segregation and how it affects access to opportunity is available from many sources.

  • The Racial Dot Map, based on 2010 Census data and created by Dustin Cable at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia
  • Eric Fischer’s dot maps of population and race in the U.S., for 2000 and 2010
  • Daniel Denvir’s maps for Salon.com of the 10 most segregated urban areas in the U.S.
  • Project US2010
    Directed by Brown University sociologist John Logan, which provides maps, data and research examining recent changes in American society
  • Kirwan Institute Opportunity Mapping
    The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University pioneered the concept of a tool for identifying, building understanding of, and eliminating racialized structural barriers to opportunity in critical domains including equitable and sustainable communities, criminal justice, education, health and health care in order to build opportunity-rich neighborhoods.
  • The Urban Institute’s MicroTrends Blog, which looks at the changes and challenges facing metropolitan America, including those related to segregation and access to opportunity
  • The Equality of Opportunity Project—whose researchers are economists at Harvard University, UC Berkeley and the U.S. Treasury Department—provides data, research and maps looking at economic mobility in America, over time and across geographic areas.

Reports and Papers

Other Resources