Fostering Inclusive Communities Through Fair Housing
You'll learn about:
Understanding of the legacy of racial discrimination and segregation and the history of fair housing law and policy, including key legal cases and decisions
Understanding of the variety of factors that influence the location of affordable housing and how legacy and current policy can discourage distribution of affordable housing
Understanding of HUD’s 2015 rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Understanding of policy levers that housing agencies can use to foster inclusive communities
Understanding of local government responsibilities to identify goals to affirmatively further fair housing and to include fair housing strategies in federal planning documents (consolidated plan, annual action plans, Public Housing Authority (PHA) plans, etc.) and community plans including, but not limited to, land use, housing, education, transportation, or environmental related plans.
This session will review the history and requirements of HUD’s recent Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which clarifies existing federal regulations under the Fair Housing Act. The AFFH portion of the presentation will cover key fair housing litigation and legal decisions, as well as communities’ obligations in fulfilling the requirements of the recent AFFH rule. This will include a review of the development of the Analysis of Fair Housing (AFH) and how this analysis should be incorporated into planning documents. The session will also review recent efforts by the District of Columbia to incentivize affordable housing development in high opportunity neighborhoods and to more equitably disperse the District’s affordable housing supply throughout the city. Presenters will discuss the background and implications of the AFFH rule, the realities of implementing lofty policy objectives, such as socioeconomically integrated neighborhoods, within the context of the new federal rule, and lessons learned in the process. A key section of this presentation will review the various factors that currently influence where affordable housing is located, for example, market forces or incentives that are built into current federal and local funding requirements.
Confirmed SpeakerChris Dickersin-Prokopp, AICP, is a Deputy Manager in the Development Finance Division at the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Division (DHCD) where he coordinates a team of project managers and a portfolio of affordable housing development projects. He also participates in establishing and implementing affordable housing policy in the District, working with DHCD’s policy team and with external groups such as the Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board and the Interagency Council on Homelessness. He has degrees in Latin American Studies and Community Planning, holds a Housing Development Finance Professional Certificate, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Confirmed SpeakerErin Wilson, AICP, is a Housing and Development Project Manager with the Development Finance Division at the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). She underwrites affordable housing projects for DHCD gap financing and manages a portfolio of projects through construction completion and lease-up/sales. Erin has 12 years of local and national affordable housing experience, including public housing redevelopment consulting, affordable housing policy development and program implementation in local government, and technical assistance and research as a consultant for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Erin received a Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.