IHFA Creates Fair Housing Video Series

Red logo banner with colorful and diverse profiles on the left facing right toward the text 'Know Your Right! The Fair Housing Act Protects All of Us?

As part of a HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program – Education Outreach Initiative grant, the Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) has created a series of four videos that outline rights and opportunities guaranteed by the federal Fair Housing Act. While fair housing law and protections are broad in scope, these videos aim to present basic information and encourage individuals to better understand and assert their rights in pursuit of economic and social opportunities, freedom from discrimination and options to report violations.

Videos are available for viewing and sharing via social media at the links below:

Thanks to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the support of this effort. Ensuring the right of every person to live where we choose and can afford requires constant attention and cooperation. We all play a role in fair housing.

Acknowledgement/disclaimer. The work that provided the basis for these products was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The authors and publishers are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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.

2016 Regional Housing Roundtables—AI/AFH Presentation

BBC's Heidi Aggeler

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