Assessing Affirmative Fair Housing: North Texas

What You'll Learn

  • Reflect on the best strategies for regional collaboration to affirmatively further fair housing.
  • Examine how the planning dividend stemming from the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) effort can be sustained in the current HUD environment.
  • Appraise how (or what) to learn from HUD's actions.

More Course Details

Examine North Texas Regional Housing Assessment's (NTRHA) approach to the challenges and opportunities of furthering affordable fair housing in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Speakers from Dallas's Fair Housing/Human Rights Office and the NTRHA planning and aligned professionals working on social equity highlight the assessment's findings:

  • patterns of racial and ethnic segregation
  • concentrations of poverty and housing problems for persons with disabilities, seniors, etc.
  • critical barriers to accessing opportunity

In 2018, HUD suspended the AFFH process, undercutting many local jurisdictions' investment in their participatory processes and newfound commitments toward furthering fair housing.

Challenges include a recent landmark court ruling upholding disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act, housing affordability slipping precipitously because of booming real estate markets, and HUD's mixed signals regarding its responsibility to safeguard the right to fair housing.