Federal Judge Dismisses Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Lawsuit

Posted September 6th, 2018

Late last month a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by fair housing advocacy groups asking for a preliminary injunction against HUD for withdrawing the Local Government Assessment Tool (Assessment Tool). Communities have been required to use the Assessment Tool to complete their Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) and determine whether they are in compliance with the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule.

Related: HUD recently published a notice inviting public comments on further amendments to its AFFH regulations that, according to HUD, are intended to: minimize regulatory burden while more effectively aiding program participants to meet their statutory obligations; create a process focused primarily on accomplishing positive results, rather than analysis; provide for greater local control and innovation; seek to encourage actions that increase housing choice, including through greater housing supply; and more efficiently utilize HUD resources.

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