Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Locally

To better identify and understand fair housing issues, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is now requiring grantees receiving federal funds (such as the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln Housing Authority) to “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing"(or AFFH). Essentially, AFFH calls for a process of community self-examination around the topic of housing – what HUD calls an "Assessment of Fair Housing" (or AFH). Once issues are identified, communities have a legal duty beyond simply protecting persons from discrimination – they must also take steps to promote housing choice and access to opportunity for residents of all backgrounds. Meaningful actions need to be undertaken to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination.

Assessment of Fair Housing

Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) is a planning tool; a process in which communities use data, maps, and local knowledge to identify fair housing issues and develop local strategies to address them. As resources for communities undertaking this community self-assessment, HUD has provided a framework of questions, data from the US Census, and a mapping tool. Each community also uses local data and a community participation process to identify fair housing issues and contributing factors.


Broad community participation results in a more accurate assessment of existing conditions and more effective corrective actions. Earlier the public was asked if they had experienced or seen discrimination against someone who was buying, renting or financing a home, based on their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family status. This anonymous survey was an opportunity for feedback from a broad range of perspectives on housing in the Lancaster and Seward county areas. The survey was formulated with the help of many different focus groups, local community centers, and advocacy groups. Survey responses were used to help shape the regional AFFH initiative. All responses were anonymous and did not require personal information. We very much appreciated the public responses and feedback!

Local Partners

The City of Lincoln (specifically UDD staff) and the Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA) have partnered to prepare the Assessment of Fair Housing. Together, they have already hosted focus group discussions with stakeholders and organizations that represent stakeholders. Discussions included, for example: the LHA Resident Advisory Committee, the Real Estate Owners and Managers Association (REOMA), Neighborworks-Lincoln, neighborhood associations, and a broad range of individuals representing at-risk populations.

HUD Maps & Data

HUD's maps and data are available for public use. Follow this link to a website that takes you through the steps of building an AFFH map. Once you've selected your geographic area (state & metro area), you can select one of 17 maps to display.

  • Map 1 – Race/Ethnicity
  • Map 2 – Race/Ethnicity Trends
  • Map 3 – National Origin
  • Map 4 – Limited English Proficiency
  • Map 5 – Publicly Supported Housing and Race/Ethnicity
  • Map 6 – Housing Problems
  • Map 7 – Demographics and School Proficiency
  • Map 8 – Demographics and Job Proximity
  • Map 9 – Demographics and Labor Market
  • Map 10 – Demographics and Transit Trips
  • Map 11 – Demographics and Low Transportation Cost
  • Map 12 – Demographics and Poverty
  • Map 13 – Demographics and Environmental Health
  • Map 14 – Disability by Type
  • Map 15 – Disability by Age Group
  • Map 16 – Housing Tenure
  • Map 17 – Location of Affordable Rental Housing (% Rental Units Affordable to 50% AMI)

The map view includes options for additional background information, the ability to return to the original map options, different timelines for HUD data, exporting data in table form, printing options, and a user guide.

Local Maps & Tables

Click here to view the folder of maps and tables developed locally.

Additional Links

Open Data Resources:
Open Data Lincoln
Fair Housing Resources:
Family Housing Advisory Services
Local HUD links
Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission
Data on Demographics and Protected Classes
American Immigration Council
Brandeis University Diversity Data
Statistic Atlas
League of Human Dignity
Disability Rights Nebraska
Nebraska Dept. of Health & Human Services
2010 Disability Status Report Nebraska
Data on Economic/Socioeconomic Issues
National Low Income Housing Coalition
NIFA Nebraska Interactive Dashboard
Nebraska Dept. of Health & Human Services
Policy Link Equitable Growth
Lincoln Vital Signs
Nebraska Dept. of Labor
Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development
Open Data
Lincoln StarTran
Disability Community Transportation Services
DHHS Transportation Services

Contact Us

City of Lincoln
Kurt Elder
Ernesto Castillo
Lincoln Housing Authority
Chris Lamberty
Seanna Collins