April 8, 2017
1. This blog piece is an introduction to AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing)
Our Colorado Jefferson County county commissioners will vote before April 30th, whether to accept HUD AFFH grant money. Become informed, and encourage them not to accept HUD/AFFH funds.
This movie and transcript deal specifically with the new rule.
Since our county set up our five-year plan last year, we aren’t under the “new” AFFH rule. Some people think that means we don’t have to worry, but the truth is that HUD has been testing the waters since 2009, to see how much control they can take.
In 2009, they first chose to go after the county of Westchester in New York. The litigation and efforts to comply have taken 7 years, and it looks like they may not have paid enough. They may have to continue integrating people into their communities, and building and financing, more government subsidized high rises. Below is a sample paragraph from an article by Mark Lungariello about the expense and grief Westchester has gone through: all because they accepted grand money from HUD through AFFH.
“The benchmark was the centerpiece of a landmark 2009 settlement with the federal government in which the county agreed to build the housing in 31 of its richest and statistically whitest communities — and take other steps to promote affordable housing in the region.” Continue reading