HUD Delays Enforcement of Assessment of Fair Housing Plans Until 2020

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on January 5, 2018 0 Comments

HUD published a notice in the Federal Register today extending the deadline for local governments to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) until Oct. 31, 2020. Under HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, local governments must submit these plans to proactively identify barriers to fair housing choice and to ensure that their practices and policies do not promote racial segregation.

Among the reasons for delay were the high rejection rate of AFH plans submitted, which indicate more technical assistance is needed for local communities to determine their progress toward affirming fair housing. In 2017, HUD initially rejected 35% of AFH plans.

HUD stated that “based on the initial AFH reviews, HUD believes that local government program participants need additional time and technical assistance from HUD to adjust to the new AFFH process and complete acceptable AFH submissions … This extension allows HUD staff to devote additional time to providing program participants, and program participants in an AFH collaboration, with technical assistance on the legal objective to affirmatively further fair housing.”

HUD also said that this action does not repeal the 2015 rule. “Consolidated plan program participants must continue to comply with existing, ongoing obligations to affirmatively further fair housing,” the agency said.

For more information, contact Michelle Kitchen at 800-368-5242 x8352.

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