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!
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.
- 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