Since 2005, M&L has prepared more than 70 Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice for a diverse group of HUD entitlements including public housing authorities, states, urban counties, large metro regions, and smaller towns and boroughs across the US. In all of these settings, our primary goal was to assist our clients in fulfilling their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.
Our diverse work experience has sharpened our fair housing expertise. For example, we have researched a library of “best practices” that we frequently draw from when drafting fair housing action plans. Many of these best practices were devised by our staff during the preparation of AIs in our client communities, while others were collected from fair housing pioneers from around the country.
For several years M&L has incorporated the Communities of Opportunity model into our AIs. This spatially-based analysis enables a jurisdiction to study the access that members of the protected classes have to valuable community assets, such as public transportation, employment opportunities, quality schools, and affordable housing in lower poverty areas. Our professional staff have become very proficient with the calculation, customization, and interpretation of this model.
Now, with the first of the new Assessment of Fair Housing documents due to HUD later this year, we’re poised to assist our clients once again with fulfilling their fair housing obligation. Our staff have been studying the Final AFFH Rule, participating in online training courses, and attending conference sessions to become familiar with the new requirements. Our proficiency with the Communities of Opportunity approach to AIs enables us to immediately transition to the new AFH Assessment Tool to analyze the trends and conditions in any community.