Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a locally-driven assessment of access to fair housing and community assets. It is also a tool for local governments to address and reduce residential segregation and areas of concentrated poverty. In collaboration with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, the Washtenaw Urban County plans to make recommendations that will focus on undoing historically biased and exclusionary policies, improving access to opportunity (i.e. schools, quality housing, jobs and transportation), addressing issues in areas that are identified as racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, and tracking potential displacement.
The AFFH effort sets itself apart from other fair housing assessments as it encourages community engagement and input to help drive actionable recommendations to increase access to opportunity and reduce historical policies of segregation. The Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) plans to engage communities through focus groups and surveys.
Focus groups are a way for OCED staff to hear and learn from residents about their housing and neighborhood experience. See below for focus group summaries:
In addition to focus groups, OCED created a survey to hear from those who we were unable to reach in person. View a report of the survey results (PDF).
The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Plan includes findings from HUD-provided data, responses from the survey and focus groups, and other contextual and historical information.