Game Changing Advancement in Fostering Access to Opportunity: HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TIME: 10:00 - 11:00 am (PST) | 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EST)

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.

Please join this webinar to 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, Twin Cities
  • Amy Kenyon – Program Officer, Equitable Development |Ford Foundation 
  • Deidre Swesnik - Program Officer, Equality Fund | Open Society Foundation
  • Sarita Turner – Associate Director |PolicyLink
  • Gustavo Valesquez – Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity | HUD
  • Moderated by Amy Kenyon, Program Officer at the Ford Foundation

Please register by Friday, April 29, 2016.  On Monday, May 2, 2016, we will send out call-information and additional materials.

For more information, contact Nile Malloy, Neighborhood Funders Group at

Sponsored by Neighborhood Funders Group and co-sponsored by The Funders Network