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Affirmatively Further Fair Housing

Through litigation in federal court and in HUD administrative proceedings, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC has led the effort to enforce the statutory duty to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH).  The Firm’s cases in jurisdictions across the country have demonstrated that no recipient of federal funding is exempt from the obligation to eliminate fair housing impediments and to increase the supply of genuinely open housing. 

The firm works with block grant entitlement entities and public housing authorities seeking to understand, and comply with, their affirmative civil rights obligations.  The Firm’s consulting services are a forward-looking, compliance-based approach that leverages the firm’s AFFH litigation experience and insight into HUD’s AFFH and related requirements.  These services include data collection, analysis and strategic consultation concerning the range of meaningful and appropriate actions necessary to overcome fair housing impediments.

The following constitute examples of the Firm’s enforcement work, and resources relevant to compliance by recipients of federal funds.

AFFH Enforcement Resources

AFFH Compliance Resources


Selected Cases

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax Files Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Complaint Against Township of Whitehall, Pennsylvania

  • On February 25, 2015, Relman, Dane & Colfax filed a HUD complaint on behalf of PathStone Housing Corporation of Pennsylvania, against the Township of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, and the Whitehall Zoning Hearing Board. The complaint alleges that the Township maintains a discriminatory zoning ordinance that discourages the development of affordable, multifamily housing in high-opportunity areas, despite being a recipient of Federal funds and thus under an obligation to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing. The complaint further alleges that the Zoning Hearing Board denied zoning relief for the construction of The Lofts at Fullerton Mill, an affordable, multifamily rental development proposed by PathStone, on the basis of the race, color, national origin, familial status, and disability status of the prospective residents of the housing. To review the Amended Complaint, click here.