Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Resources

Recent NFHA AFFH Related Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Sue HUD over Suspended Implementation of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule
Civil Rights Orgs Challenge HUD’s New Attempt to Destroy Critical Fair Housing Tool

HUD Resources

This is the form that public housing agencies will use to 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 2000and 2010
  • Daniel Denvir’s mapsfor 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

News Articles

  • 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.

Other Resources