Successful Fair Housing Engagement Strategies


  • How discriminatory actions and segregation policies impact housing development and choice
  • Requirements of the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Rule
  • Best practices for communicating complex issues and data sets to stakeholder groups so they can be leveraged for decision-making relate to housing
  • How to bring together community members to discuss housing issues and identify strategies for addressing key concerns
  • Lessons learned from one region that created an engagement strategy for affirmatively furthering fair housing


The Kansas City Metro is among the first communities to submit its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment to the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). 

HUD’s AFFH Final Rule requires all communities receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act by “taking meaningful actions, that taken together, address significant disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty...”—and much more.

The Kansas City Metro vision for furthering fair housing holds that everyone should have access to affordable quality housing, whether owner or renter, regardless of color, family status, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. With that vision and HUD requirement in mind, the Mid-America Regional Council, in partnership with five cities and Kansas City’s Regional Equity Network, developed the Metro’s AFFH Assessment.

Drawing examples from Kansas City, this course examines the AFFH requirements and how an effective community engagement strategy helps cities develop and provide the foundation for data-driven, community-inspired policies that shape regional initiatives and local consolidated housing plans.