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Process underway to develop Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Plan


The HUD mandated process challenges communities to understand historic racial and economic segregation and find ways to combat it in the future.

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, on behalf of the Washtenaw Urban County, is in the midst of work to develop a local plan to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing.

This exciting effort will push our community to look at historic patterns of segregation and poverty, and further challenge us to work collaboratively to undo some of the policies that have created economic and racial segregation, while focusing on strategies to support residents and work on improving housing and neighborhoods overall. Click here for a short explanation of the project.

The effort is using census and local data as well as local voices in the form of surveys and focus groups, to source both challenges and strategies to improve the lives of county residents.  There are several ways residents can engage including a survey in English in Spanish. Additionally, the county is looking to host focus groups and community dialogues in target geographies.

This summer the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing webpage will be the place to check in on progress: Data will be posted as available, meeting notifications and focus area profiles will be posted as they are completed throughout the month of July. Draft plans will start appearing in August, with weekly updates. Please check back frequently.

For more information or to help us host a focus group in your community, contact Sam Olson at or (734) 544 - 6714.

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