Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Bill into Law

Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 686, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, into law. The bill requires public agencies to take proactive steps to support fair housing and combat segregation, including administering housing and community development programs in a manner that affirmatively furthers fair housing. Enterprise strongly supports this bill, especially as recent analysis from UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project and the California Housing Partnership shows that movements caused by housing costs are intensifying racial disparities among the Bay Area’s neighborhoods (see additional information above under Research and Reports). Earlier this year HUD suspended the federal Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, citing it as overly burdensome on localities. HUD has released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) requesting public feedback on changes to the AFFH rule. Public comments are due on October 15.

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