Public Policy Development

Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH)

Advancing fair housing involves taking meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice and foster inclusive communities. Together with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), HCIDLA serves as the lead entity in the process of developing a joint Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) to identify fair housing issues and develop strategies to reduce existing barriers. The AFH is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition for receiving federal funding to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) within the City of Los Angeles.

The AFH Draft Plan

The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Draft Plan identifies fair housing issues and develops strategies to reduce existing barriers throughout the City of Los Angeles. Based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) data and the City’s local data, as well as feedback gathered during the community participation process, the AFH Draft Plan outlines recommendations to promote fair housing choice and foster inclusive communities. The goals and priorities demonstrated in the AFH Draft Plan will be used to inform future policy development in the City of Los Angeles.

We invite the public to review the AFH Draft Plan and submit comments to HCIDLA. The 45-day comment period begins on August 16, 2017 and concludes on September 29, 2017.

Written comments may be submitted to hcidla.afhpolicy@lacity.org by 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Please include “AFH Comments” in the subject line.

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To view the AFH Draft Plan, visit

www.CityofLAFairHousing.org

Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held during the public comment period on September 14, 2017. There will be a presentation on the proposed goals and strategies as well as an opportunity for the public to submit verbal or written comments.

For more details, click here

Fair Housing Survey 

Between February and June 2017, we invited the public to take part in our 2017 Fair Housing Survey to provide their opinions and experiences regarding fair housing.

The survey is now closed

Click here for more information about the Fair Housing Survey process.

Community Public Meetings

In order to determine fair housing goals and priorities, nine community public meetings were held in the seven planning areas of Los Angeles between February and March 2017. Participants shared their thoughts and concerns related to housing and access to opportunity. The feedback gathered is helping identify fair housing issues and form strategies to overcome socioeconomic barriers. 

Click here to download the presentation.

Timeline of AFH Events

November 2016: Established working partnership with LA County CDC
January to February 2017: Data gathering process
January to March 2017: Focus groups and outreach to City departments, City Council offices
February to March 2017: AFH Community public meetings
July 2017: Complete 1st AFH Draft Plan
August 2017: Post AFH Draft Plan
September 2017: Public Hearing on AFH Draft Plan
October/November 2017: Present AFH Draft Plan to City Council
November 2017: City Council approves AFH Plan
November 2017: Submit AFH Plan to HUD

More Information

Please click on the links below for more information: 

Please contact Nancy Twum-Akwaboah at hcidla.afhpolicy@lacity.org or call (213) 808-8440 with any questions regarding the AFH and opportunities to participate in its development.

Please continue to visit this site for further updates as the City’s AFH work evolves in the coming months. 

Local Housing Policy

Affordable housing is a key component for achieving a livable, sustainable and equitable city.  Our public policy work centers on formulating new public policy recommendations, improving regulations and programs to help solve affordable housing and neighborhood change issues.  These include protecting the rent stabilized housing inventory, enhancing the code enforcement program, evaluating new land use policy tools to both fortify and protect affordable housing, and identifying or creating new local sources of funding.  This work assists the HCIDLA, the Mayor and the City Council to help shape housing policy outcomes for the city’s residents. The following are examples of the PP&R housing policy development work:

Economic Studies

Reports and Support Resolutions to City Council on Local Housing Policy Issues

Local Land Use Housing Planning

Federal and State Legislation & Regulations

We proactively track, monitor and support or oppose state and federal legislation and program proposals that impact the City of Los Angeles’ affordable housing goals and objectives.  Our legislative focus involves working with the HCIDLA executive team, Mayor and City Council to establish legislative priorities annually, reviewing and analyzing proposals and providing technical support for the development of local, state, and federal housing and neighborhood change policy issues. Some of our legislative work includes the following:

  • Initiate city resolutions that support, amend or oppose legislative proposals
  • Propose amendments through the Mayor’s Office to engage State or Federal legislators on priority issues
  • Collaborate with both the Mayor and City Council staff on new policy and/or program proposals 

Federal and State 2015 Support Recommendations

State Legislation Support Resolutions

State Program Comment Letters and Fact Sheets

Federal Program Fact Sheets

On the regulatory side of our work, we review, analyze and prepare comments to proposed regulations with a direct impact to the department’s policies and programs.

Most recently, we have focused our efforts on the newly approved and final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation.  The new regulations enhance and clarify federal fair housing laws for local jurisdictions that receive HUD funding through new data and tools to help them meet fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds.  Due to the importance of fair housing, PP&R staff led the completion of comments on this issue over the past two years on behalf of the City.  

To view HCIDLA’s comment letters on fair housing, please click on the following links: