Update 2/23/17: the 30-day public comment period for this document is now closed; while comments are always welcome, they will not be reflected in the final document submitted to HUD/FHEO. They will, however, be posted online alongside the final document under separate cover for reference. Thanks to those who did submit comments!
The Public Notice requesting public comment for the Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for Idaho’s non-entitlement areas is linked below:
Request for Public Comment- English
Draft Assessment of Fair Housing (12MB; requires Adobe Reader)
Starting Monday, January 23rd, IHFA and the Department of Commerce are requesting comments on the Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for the State of Idaho (formerly known as the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing).
The above legal notice was sent to statewide media ahead of the comment period on 1/18/17; feel free to share with your program partners and stakeholder groups. This plan should be of interest to anyone receiving or administering federal funds from the U.S. Dept. or Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
This includes, but is not limited to:
- housing providers / professionals,
- community and economic developers,
- city or county government elected officials,
- planning, development and transportation professionals,
- consumer, tenant and disability rights advocates.
Note. The draft will be available online from January 23rd to February 22nd; the legal notice includes instructions on comment submission to either IHFA or Commerce.
HUD’s new Proposed Rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is coming to a jurisdiction near you. As in the past, there will be challenges in the implementation of the new rules, not least of which will involve differences among Participating Jurisdictions, or PJs. Below are a few links of interest to PJs in Idaho.
Proposed AFFH Assessment Tools
BBC’s Heidi Aggeler outlines HUD’s new Assessment of Fair Housing process.
The Regional Housing Roundtables sponsored by Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) provide an opportunity for housing and community stakeholders to share information on needs, opportunities and challenges. Participants share updates on program goals, pending legislation or resources available to create housing that meets the needs of all community residents.
The Spring 2016 Roundtables also served as an opportunity to share information on the 2016 Analysis of Impediments/Assessment of Fair Housing (AI/AFH). In conjunction with key person interviews, data collection and a stakeholder surveys, IHFA used the Roundtable sessions as an opportunity for discussion of the preliminary findings of the 2016 process. IHFA and the Department of Commerce contracted with BBC Research and Consulting to conduct the analysis and produce a statewide report and planning document for Idaho’s non-entitlement areas.
BBC representatives presented the following information for discussion during the Spring Roundtables:
Housing Roundtables – Assessment of Fair Housing
BBC Research and Consulting — Heidi Aggeler
Preliminary Discussion on Analysis of Impediments/Assessment of Fair Housing
During the Treasure Valley Roundtable, we also added time for a presentation on Environmental Justice and Fair Housing Design and Construction by representatives of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council.
Environmental Justice and Fair Housing Design and Construction
Intermountain Fair Housing Council — Alison Brace and Carrie House
Environmental Justice/Design and Construction Discussion