Poverty and income inequality are increasing across America—a trajectory that must be reversed. How do we change this? How, as a nation, can we ensure that everyone has the essential exposures necessary to be healthy, productive, and prosperous?

In order to foster this access to opportunity, HUD has released a powerful new resource—the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The new rule will provide much needed support to local and state governments and housing authorities to conduct “assessments of fair housing” that will help them build and connect people to communities of opportunity. Assessments of fair housing will help identify barriers to opportunity by measuring neighborhoods’ proximity, or lack thereof, to high performing schools, public transit, local labor markets, and clean environments. Through AFFH, local jurisdictions will be equipped with the guidance and knowledge to develop locally-driven and tailored solutions to improve economic opportunity for all, and to invest their federal community development resources to pursue their goals.

Please join this webinar, the second in a series hosted by PolicyLink, to hear from HUD and other national and local experts about how the new AFFH rule will empower local jurisdictions to promote fair housing choice, decrease segregation, and increase opportunity for all their residents. All people deserve quality housing, a good education, opportunities for career development, clean air, and access to parks and technology. All deserve to live, work, and play in a high quality neighborhood and environment.


  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink
  • George Williams Sr., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Legislative Initiatives and Outreach at HUD/FHEO
  • Andrea Ponsor, Policy Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Jason Reece, Director of Research, Kirwan Institute, Ohio State University
  • Kalima Rose, Senior Director, PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity