Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule: The Proposed Change, Why it Matters for Health Equity, and What We Can Do

FEB 19

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) adopted the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which sets out a framework for local governments, states, and public housing agencies to act to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination. On January 14, 2020, HUD formally published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would redefine the AFFH rule, eliminating its focus on addressing residential segregation.

The proposed AFFH rule change removes protections for racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and others to access housing without facing discrimination. The new rule would no longer require that local governments or housing authorities address, or even consider, legacies of unequal housing opportunities. This weakening of oversight and accountability for agencies receiving federal housing dollars means that agencies are allowed to implement policies or programs, without consideration for the impact on groups that have been discriminated against in the past.

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Build Healthy Places Network for a webinar on Wednesday, February 19 at 11 am ET discussing the connection between residential segregation and health, the proposed AFFH change and what it could mean for health equity, how cities are currently using the rule, and what we can do as a community in response to the proposed change.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. David R. Williams: Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University
  • Megan Haberle: Deputy Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
  • Cashauna Hill: Executive Director, Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center

Moderated by Douglas Jutte, Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network

Closing Remarks from Giridhar Mallya, Senior Policy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson


You can register for the webinar here.