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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a locally-driven assessment of access to fair housing and community assets. It is also a tool for local governments to address and reduce residential segregation and areas of concentrated poverty.

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In collaboration with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, the Washtenaw Urban County plans to make recommendations that will focus on undoing some historically biased and exclusionary policies, improving access to opportunity (schools, quality housing, jobs, transportation), addressing issues in areas that are identified as racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, and tracking potential displacement/gentrification.

To learn more about the content of the plan, click here for a 1-page summary.

Community Involvement

The AFFH sets itself apart from other fair housing assessments as it encourages community engagement and input to help drive actionable recommendations to increase access to opportunity and reduce historical policies of segregation. OCED plans to engage communities through focus groups and surveys.

Focus Groups

Focus groups are a way for OCED staff  to hear and learn from residents about their housing and neighborhood experience. Upcoming community meetings are listed below:

  • Bryant Community
    Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm
    Community Action Network (CAN) Community Center: 3 W Eden Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Dinner will be provided.  Click here for the flyer.
  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
    Tuesday, August 1 at 1pm
    Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living: 3941 Research Park Dr., Ann Arbor MI 48108
    Lunch will be provided.
  • Parkridge
    Thursday, August 3 at 6pm
    Parkridge Community Center: 591 Armstrong Dr., Ypsilanti MI 48197
    Dinner will be provided. Click here for the Facebook event.
  • Ypsilanti West Willow Flyer Final
    Monday, August 7 at 5:30pm
    Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Branch, 229 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti MI 48197
  • West Willow
    Tuesday, August 8 at 6pm
    Community Resource Center: 2057 Tyler Road, Ypsilanti MI 48197
    Dinner will be provided. Click here for the flyer.
  • Cancelled- Whitmore Lake
    Monday, August 14 at 6pm
    Northfield Township Community Center, 9101 Main Street, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
    Dinner will be provided. RSVP by Friday, August 11 to Sam at olsons@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-6714

Washtenaw County Housing and Neighborhood Survey

In addition to focus groups, the OCED created a survey to hear from those who we are unable to reach in person. For a print-out survey, click here or for an online survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/washcountyhousing.

Cuéntenos sus experiencias con la vivienda en su vecindario. Siga nuestro enlace para la Encuesta de Vivienda y Vecindario del Condado de Washtenaw, o visite: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ViviendadelCondadodeWashtenaw.

The closing date for the online survey has been extended. Please note that the online survey will close on Monday, August 14 at 5 pm.

The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Plan

The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Plan will include findings from HUD-provided data, responses from the survey and focus groups, and other contextual and historical information.  Stay tuned for revised versions of the report (listed below) while data and input is collected throughout the month of August.

Public Hearings

    • Washtenaw Urban County Executive Committee Meeting
      Wednesday, August 2 at 2pm - 3:30pm
      Located at the Learning Resource Center (LRC)
      4135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    • Housing and Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB) Meeting
      Thursday, August 10 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
      Located at the Washtenaw County Building, Lower level conference room (Rm 0103)
      200 N. Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    • Click here for presentation slides.

Resources

  • Focus Area Profiles:
    • City of Ann Arbor: Bryant, Platt Road, Water Hill, South Maple
    • City of Ypsilanti: South of Michigan Avenue (SOMA), Eastside, Ecorse, Leforge Road
    • Ypsilanti Township: West Willow, Sugarbrook, Gault Village, Clark/Holmes Road, Ecorse, Leforge Road
    • Pittsfield Township: Washtenaw/Packard/Carpenter, Golfside
    • Scio Township
    • Superior Township: Clark/Holmes Road, MacArthur Blvd
    • Whitmore Lake
  • HUD's AFFH Tables and Mapping Tool Portal: egis.hud.gov/affht/

For more information, contact Samantha Olson at olsons@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 544 - 6714.

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