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Webinar: Game Changing Advancement in Fostering Access to Opportunity: HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule

May 4, 2016

Every year, billions of federal dollars are allocated to local governments to foster economic opportunity for low-income people. Yet data shows that concentrated poverty is on the rise, with people of color disproportionately affected. Why are there so many disinvested neighborhoods filled with blight and low-performing schools? Why is it so challenging to place affordable housing in opportunity rich communities? Redlining and other discriminatory practices are now illegal, yet our communities face high and in some cases growing levels of racial and economic segregation. The newly released Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH) will require local and state government to use a new approach called an "Assessment of Fair Housing” in determining the use of federal resources to address disparities.

This webinar helped viewers learn more about the AFFH rule, how it can help communities prioritize new strategies for investing in affordable housing, transportation, and healthy neighborhoods, and the critical role for philanthropy in fostering the game changing results for low-income people and communities.


  • Gary Cunningham, Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities
  • Amy Kenyon, Program Officer, Ford Foundation 
  • Deidre Swesnik, Program Officer, Open Society Foundation
  • Sarita Turner, Associate Director, PolicyLink
  • Gustavo Valesquez, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD 

Over 40 funders joined the webinar and the majority of the funders are interested in continuing to discuss the role of philanthropy in investing in community participation at the local and regional level.