Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
RHTA includes assistance to support affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). AFFH stems from the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, as well as from federal regulations updated in July 2021. California legislation enacted in 2018 (AB 686) likewise requires all public agencies in the state to affirmatively further fair housing and avoid any actions that are inconsistent with this obligation. ABAG’s Equity Platform also supports this work.
Pioneering research conducted by the University of California, Merced and STIR Labs on behalf of ABAG, studies segregation patterns and current land use policies that correlate with patterns of racial segregation. The segregation reports address the racial and income segregation analysis required within the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) and provide HCD required data.
The segregation reports for each jurisdiction are available now via this Box folder, which contains an individual PDF for each jurisdiction. These reports can also be downloaded as an editable Word document in each jurisdiction's Housing Element Site Selection (HESS) Tool account. Log into the HESS Tool to access your jurisdiction’s Dashboard, click on the “Data Packets” button, and select “AFFH Segregation Report.” Local planning staff and Housing Element consultants who do not yet have access to the HESS Tool may register here.
HESS 2.0 - AFFH Map
The HESS 2.0 AFFH Map provides AFFH analysis of jurisdictions' Sites Inventory. The AFFH Map provides a distribution of the selected sites alongside various AFFH data layers. Users can view a wide range of AFFH-related data points for the neighborhood surrounding each site, including race, income, household types, neighborhood characteristics, and housing needs. In addition, tabulated summaries identify selected sites compared to the total sites in their jurisdiction based on key AFFH indicators.
Leading with Equity Work Group
The Leading with Equity Work Group launched in March with 15 planning and housing department staff who have self-selected to advance racial and housing equity policies and programs within their Housing Element work. The work group focuses on promoting leadership development, capacity building toward understanding and navigating institutional change, peer-support and one-on-one coaching. The lessons from the work group will help develop tools and products to aid jurisdiction staff in embedding equity into their housing policy and planning work.
Resources created by the work group will be available here as they are developed.
AFFH Policies and Program Resources
- AFFH Policy Tips Memo
- AFFH Policies Toolkit - Annotated Bibliography
- Video introducing ABAG research in partnership with UC Merced on segregation and land use policies
- HCD’s AFFH Webinar on Implementing AB 686: Guidance for Housing Elements.
- HCD Guidance on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
- HCD Summary of Requirements AB 686 added to Housing Element Law
- AFFH Template Staff Report
- AFFH Template Staff Slide Deck
- AFFH Data Guidance Checklist.
- High-Resource Areas Question and Answer Session with HCD
For more information about Housing Equity/AFFH contact:
Christy Leffall, Associate Planner
Phone: (415) 820-7940