Fostering Inclusive Communities Through Fair Housing


  • The legacy of racial discrimination and segregation and the history of fair housing law and policy, including  key legal cases and decisions
  • The variety of factors that influence the location of affordable housing and how legacy and current policy can discourage distribution of affordable housing
  • HUD’s 2015 rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
  • Policy levers that housing agencies can use to foster inclusive communities 
  • Local government responsibilities to identify goals to affirmatively further fair housing and to include fair housing strategies in federal planning documents (consolidated plan, annual action plans, Public Housing Authority (PHA) plans, etc.) and community plans including, but not limited to, land use, housing, education, transportation, or environmental related plans


This course will review the history and requirements of HUD’s recent Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which clarifies existing federal regulations under the Fair Housing Act. The AFFH portion of the presentation will cover key fair housing litigation and legal decisions, as well as communities’ obligations in fulfilling the requirements of the recent AFFH rule.  This will include a review of the development of the Analysis of Fair Housing (AFH) and how this analysis should be incorporated into planning documents.  The course will also review recent efforts by the District of Columbia to incentivize affordable housing development in high opportunity neighborhoods and to more equitably disperse the District’s affordable housing supply throughout the city.  Speakers will discuss the background and implications of the AFFH rule, the realities of implementing lofty policy objectives, such as socioeconomically integrated neighborhoods, within the context of the new federal rule, and lessons learned in the process.  A key section of this presentation will review the various factors that currently influence where affordable housing is located, for example, market forces or incentives that are built into current federal and local funding requirements.