Rep. Stanley files Council resolution to establish an affirmatively furthering fair housing framework in Waltham
To help Waltham meet the need for permanent affordable housing for its residents, Rep. Stanley filed a Waltham City Council resolution to establish a local ordinance affirmatively furthering fair housing framework (AFFH). The framework will require developers of new apartment buildings or condominium complexes of 35 units or more to analyze the impact of their developments on fair housing and submit plans to the municipality. Learn more about the proposal.
AFFH’s goal is to meet the City’s planning goals for vibrant, resilient neighborhoods by ensuring that development helps to create and preserve places for protected classes to live and thrive. AFFH is defined as taking meaningful actions, in addition to combating discrimination, that overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics. Specifically, AFFH means taking meaningful actions that address significant disparities in housing needs and access to opportunity. The framework replaces segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity, where residents have reasonable access to community amenities such as healthcare, transit, retail, schools and jobs.