Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan Policy
Revision Effective July 3rd
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency has updated its policy
on the submission of Affirmative Fair Housing Market Plans (AFHMPs) to
align with HUD's guidance and changes in the industry. The updated
policy and associated forms are effective July 3, 2017. The Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan Guidance
policy must be reviewed so that all changes and requirements are
On April 14, 2014, HUD's Office of Fair Housing and
Equal Opportunity (FHEO) published a memorandum,which clarifies when
updated AFHMPs need to be submitted to FHEO for review and approval for
HUD and USDA funded projects. HUD provided clarification that existing
AFHMP must be reviewed by the owner when:
- at least five years have
elapsed since the last review,
- the local jurisdictions'
consolidated plan is updated, or
- significant demographic
changes have occurred in the housing market area.
If the owner's analysis
finds that a property's plan is satisfactory, including demonstrating that the current marketing/outreach
is targeting underserved individuals, the OHFA AFHMP Review Verification (PC-46)form
should be completed and attached to the existing AFHMP. Owners do not
need to send the Verification form to OHFA, but they must ensure that
it is available, so that OHFA compliance analysts can review it during
If the owner's analysis
determines that the current AFHMP requires modifications or updates, the owner must submit the updated AFHMP for approval.
OHFA continues to utilize the OHFA Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan
(PC-E45)form to fulfill the affirmatively furthering
fair housing and market plan requirements for the multifamily
properties that it funds. This includes, but is not limited to, housing
tax credits, National Housing Trust Funds, Ohio Housing Trust Funds and
HOME funds. HUD or USDA Rural Development funding may submit to OHFA
the approved plan that was submitted to these agencies. When required, the updated AFHMP must be submitted to
OHFA 60 days prior to expiration of the previous AFHMP.
In addition to the change in submission requirements, a
full policy is now published, and changes were made to the PC-E45 form.
The new policy includes information about affirmatively furthering fair
housing, expectations in each area of the AFHMP, errors to avoid and
many resources regarding fair housing. Changes to the PC-E45 form are
the form to only three pages.
the housing marketing area to being selected based on what is best
suited to the project. The census tract, city/town, county or
possibly the MSA can serve as the housing marketing area.
- e.g. A rural property
may select the county, whereas a property in densely populated
area is likely to choose a city or census tract as the housing
Ohio protected classes (ancestry and military status) to the
"Least Likely to Apply" groups and spaces to list any
local protected classes that may be considered underserved in the area
of the property.
additional questions about the formatting of advertising, such as
alternative formats or multiple languages.
questions in the "Training of Staff" section specific to
Industry partners, including OHFA's Program Compliance
Advisory Committee, were consulted in the revision of this policy.
Questions regarding this message may be directed to Betsy Krieger,
Director of Program Compliance, firstname.lastname@example.org.