Confronting Barriers: Strategies for Housing Equality

Friday, September 22, 2017
9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
VCU Student Commons
907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA

Join Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia and VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs in an opportunity for planners, government officials, non-profit advocates, and other housing industry professionals to come together to hear from a variety of national and local experts on our responsibility to affirmatively promote equitable access to opportunity in our communities. Participants will gain a better understanding of HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH), build tools for completing the Assessment of Fair Housing, and engage in discussions about the role of prejudice as an impediment to housing access. This day-long educational event will include a morning plenary, morning and afternoon workshops, as well as a lunch-time keynote speaker.

While all are welcome, this summit is catered to those interested in using HUD’s AFFH Rule to create diverse and inclusive communities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2015 rule requires communities to actively challenge fair housing barriers and fulfill their obligations under the Fair Housing Act by "affirmatively furthering fair housing" with the use of HUD funds. Workshops will be designed around the Assessment of Fair Housing tool, inviting participants to delve deeper into the topics of housing and education, economic investment in communities of color, affordable housing, and neighborhood health. Community participation requirements, as well as data and technical questions, will be addressed.


Workshop topics include:

Overcoming the legacy of school segregation

Economic investment in communities of color 

Siting of affordable housing 

Meaningful public engagement 

Improving health outcomes through housing


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