April 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which contains Title VIII also known as the Fair Housing Act.
50 years later, HUD continues to celebrate April as Fair Housing Month in commemoration of this event. The Fair Housing Act guarantees: “the right of every person to live where they choose, regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status, or disability.” HUD encourages everyone to get involved in their communities, to help eliminate disparities in access to housing and all other community assets, and to help protect and promote the ideal that “doors of opportunity should be open to everyone.”
During April 2018, the State CDBG Program encourages every community to take time to focus on fair housing issues and to consider meaningful ways to improve access to opportunity for everyone. And we ask all current CDBG recipients to plan activities to carry out your community’s Fair Housing obligations this month.
HUD, the National Association of Realtors and the National Fair Housing Alliance have all launched campaigns to commemorate 50 Years. Go to the resources page.
The State Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (Consolidated Plan) is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order for the State of South Carolina to receive federal funding each year for the following programs:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, administered by the SC Department of Commerce
- HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), administered by the SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority
- National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), per December 2016 substantial amendment to 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan, administered by the SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority
- Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, administered by the SC Office of Economic Opportunity
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Program, administered by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
The SC Department of Commerce is also the lead agency for the Consolidated Plan for South Carolina.
HUD requires a new state Consolidated Plan every five years. A new plan was developed for the plan period 2016 through 2020 and originally submitted to HUD in April 2016. It was later amended to add the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), which is admininstered along with HOME by the State Housing Finance & Development Authority. HUD approved the state's substantially amended 2016-2020 Con Plan and 2016 Annual Action Plan in December 2016. The 2017 Annual Action Plan included funding for the NHTF for the first time.
- Download the substantially amended 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan
Analysis of Impediments
States and local governments that receive HUD funding are required to certify that they will affirmatively further fair housing, which currently means conducting an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) and maintaining records on the actions taken to address identified impediments. CDBG also requires local government recipients of HUD funds to make similar certifications and to develop a fair housing plan, identifying actions they will take during the grant period to address fair housing locally.
Although HUD published a new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule requiring a more sophisticated Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), HUD was never able to provide the state level assessment tool and data required for the AFH. South Carolina did procure a consulting firm to prepare an AFH concurrent with the 2016-2020 Con Plan, but this project could not move forward without the HUD state data and tool. In the interim, HUD rescinded the new AFFH rule and reverted to the AI requirement. The State's most recent AI can be found on the Consolidated Plan Documents page.