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Funder Call: AFFH Proposed Rule and Immediate Actions for Philanthropy

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 | 12:00PM ET, 11:00AM CT, 10:00AM MT, 9:00AM PT 

Co-Sponsors: Funders for Housing and Opportunity


In January 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) proposed rule. According to HUD, the proposed rule is aimed to "faithfully implement the Fair Housing Act’s statutory mandate to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH), which directs HUD to ensure that the agency and its program participants proactively take meaningful actions to overcome patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, eliminate disparities in opportunities, and foster inclusive communities free from discrimination." 

On February 9, 2023,HUD published the proposed rule into the Federal Register.Public comments are accepted until April 10, 2023.  Join this funder call to learn about how philanthropy can act and to ask questions about submitting public comments. 

Immediate actions for philanthropy to take now include:  

  • Submitting a public comment, which is not considered lobbying, 
  • Supporting grantee partners in submitting public comments, and 
  • Starting discussions with community partners and advocates about displacement, segregation, and discrimination to inform our collective federal advocacy. 

Learning Objectives

During this call, we will:

  • Review the proposed changes to AFFH
  • Share the process and general talking points for submitting public comments
  • Answer any questions about the role philanthropy can play immediately and in the future

For more information on how philanthropy can take action on the AFFH proposed rule, visit our AFFH Proposed Rule Action Resources for Philanthropy page.


  • Rasheedah Phillips, Director of Housing, PolicyLink
  • Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications & Policy, Funders Together to End Homelessness


Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. You will receive your unique Zoom link once a Funders Together staff person has approved your registration. 

Register for the AFFH Proposed Rule Funder Call

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Lauren Bennett, Director of Policy and Communications.  


This funder call will take place via Zoom meeting. If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Stephanie Chan 

This call will last 1 hour.

March 14, 2023 at 12:00pm - 1pm
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  • Lauren Bennett
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