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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:

  • Community Meeting with the Bryant Community
    Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm
    Located in the Community Action Network (CAN) Community Center: 3 W Eden Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Dinner will be provided.  Click here for the flyer.Parkridge Flyer
  • Parkridge Community Meeting
    Thursday, August 3 at 6pm
    Located in the Parkridge Community Center: 591 Armstrong Dr., Ypsilanti MI 48197
    Dinner will be provided. Click here for the Facebook event.
  • West Willow Community Meeting
    Tuesday, August 8 at 6pm
    Located in the Community Resource Center: 2057 Tyler Road, Ypsilanti MI 48197
    Dinner will be provided. Click here for the flyer.

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 survey will close on Friday, August 4. 

Timeline

  • Community Meeting with the Bryant Community: Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm
  • Parkridge Community Meeting: Thursday, August 3 at 6pm
  • Survey closes: Friday, August 4
  • Draft of Report: Wednesday, August 2 (with revisions based on input in 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

Resources

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

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