PolicyLink released a public comment guide for the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule that was posted in the Federal Register on February 9. The comment guide provides a brief history of the AFFH mandate, an overview of the 2023 proposed AFFH rule and the federal rulemaking and public comment process, a step-by-step guide to help you or your organization to write and submit a strong, equity-focused comment, data sources to support it, and sample language for organizations across sectors to use in their public comment.

PolicyLink also hosted a webinar on the proposed rule and the public comment guide on February 8. A recording of the webinar, “Our Housing Futures: Proposed AFFH Rule 101,” can be found here. This webinar shared the history of the AFFH, provided an overview of the proposed AFFH rule, included suggested areas of focus for commenters and ways to strengthen it using an equity analysis, and shared experiences using the AFFH rule in local communities. Participants left with a better understanding of the proposed AFFH rule, the comment process, and why they should participate in the process. View slide presentation here.