jurisdictions' federal obligations

Affirmatively Furthering

to end discrimination & segregation

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

What is it? Where did the obligation come from?
Why should we all be concerned and involved in 'affirmatively furthering?'

FHCO brings you national experts offering an extensive introduction to the historical context, reach, breadth, and societal impact of 'affirmatively furthering.'


The FHCO was pleased to host two complimentary forums for planners, policy makers, and public housing authorities on changing legal obligations to affirmatively further fair housing by recipients of federal funding in October 2013. In January 2014, FHCO followed this up with a complimentary litigation seminar on the issue of affirmatively furthering for city attorneys and those whose focus is land use or fair housing law.

View the January 2014 Litigation Seminar Here!

Following are presentation files and numerous resource materials.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Means...

taking proactive steps beyond simply combating discrimination to foster more inclusive communities and access to community assets for all regardless of protected class status under fair housing laws.

More specifically, it means taking steps to:

  • address significant disparities in access to community assets,
  • overcome segregated living patterns and support and promote integrated communities,
  • end racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, and
  • foster and maintain compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws.

Fair Housing Choice Means...

that individuals and families have the information, options, and protection to live where they choose without unlawful discrimination and other barriers related to protected class.

It encompasses:

  • actual choice, which means the existence of realistic housing options;
  • protected choice, which means housing that can be accessed without discrimination; and
  • enabled choice, which means the availabiity and realistc access to sufficient information regarding options so that any choice is informed.

Presentations and Associated Resources and Materials from the Jan. 2014 Seminar

Presentations and Associated Resources and Materials from the Oct. 2013 Forums

Relevant Affirmatively Furthering Studies and Articles

A Few Mapping Tools

A Few Fair Housing Council of Oregon Resources

More Resources for Your Community

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