Forum partners welcome HUD training

Boise City Council member Lisa Sanchez welcomed a roomful of housing providers, city and state staff, and local nonprofits on April 26 to a fair housing workshop presented by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Attendance was estimated at well over 200, with in-person and individuals watching via webcast throughout Idaho. This is the last workshop during April, where many different groups recognized the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act.


Featured presenter: HUD’s Kristina Miller, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

HUD’s Deputy Northwest Regional Administrator Michael Look kicked off the day by thanking attendees for their time and interest before outlining the history and meaning of the Fair Housing Act, its roots in the U.S. Constitution, and acknowledging those who made it possible. He introduced HUD’s last remaining Idaho field office representative, Senior Management Analyst Brian Dale

HUD reps Kristina Miller, Brian Dale, and Michael Look

Mr. Look emphasized that the economic opportunities made possible through housing choice and mobility go beyond the typical civil rights focus of fair housing. Where we live determines our access to essential community services, social capital and basic amenities. He acknowledged the rights and challenges of housing providers, and his hope that through ongoing training and greater awareness, they could all take steps to avoid violations and associated costs.*

Kristina Miller with the Seattle Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity conducted the day’s training, starting with an overview of fair housing basics, protected classes, prohibited actions , disparate impact and the three-step analysis of policies or practices to determine compliance. She also outlined seven fair housing design and construction standards, and the importance of accommodating our aging population—which applies to everyone.

The main point of fair housing is ‘equal access’ for all.

She also touched on recent HUD guidance on criminal history; that is, if the property involved is covered under the Fair Housing Act, they must maintain and follow a clear criminal background policy that otherwise treats all protected classes the same consideration. A *three-step analysis determines whether a policy has discriminatory effect:

  1. Does the policy result in a discriminatory effect on members of a protected class?
  2. Does the policy achieve a specific, legitimate nondisriminatory interest to the provider?
  3. If yes to #2, is there a less discriminatory alternative to achieve the same effect?

Unjustifiable policies

  • A blanket ban on criminal activity or an arrest record; unless there is a conviction, anyone could be banned without legitimate cause, thus it would be unjustifiable.
  • A blanket ban on all convictions that fails to differentiate between a legitimate threat to life, safety or property or no threat may also be unjustifiable.

View or download the presentation as a .pdf — Fair-Housing-Act-for-4-26-18-presentations

Check back for links to the webcast version.

Everyone wants a bag like Brian’s vintage FHF tote! We’ll get some made and let you how to get yours.

Idaho Assessment of Fair Housing—2017 AFH

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is phasing out the Analysis of Impediments (AI) and replacing it with the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) model in the coming years. IHFA and Commerce commissioned a hybrid AI/AFH in early 2016. The final version of the document reflects a year-long data-gathering process involving key stakeholder interviews, statewide focus group discussions and a public comment period and public hearing.

Download the 2017 State of Idaho Assessment of Fair Housing (2017 AFH) here.

Public Comment Period (Now Closed)

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 Proposed Rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

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

https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/affh/proposed-tools/

Review

Comment here