Commission on Human Relations
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force
(412) 255-2600

Thank you

to all who were able to attend the first annual meeting of the AFFH Task Force. If you were unable to attend, stay tuned for meeting minutes, a video of Sara Pratt's presentation, and more!

We are pleased to announce the newly elected Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary of the Task Force:

Chair: Helen Gerhardt, Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations

Vice Chair: Marimba Milliones, Hill Community Development Corp.

Secretary: Gale Schwartz, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania



The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Task Force was initiated by the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in 2013 as a result of the FY 2012 Update to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) study for the City of Pittsburgh[1]. The AI recommended a “…Countywide Approach to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” and suggested strategies towards the goal of “providing housing and economic opportunities for low- and moderate income persons and protected classes to live and work outside impacted areas (Pg. 11).” The strategies include the following:

  • 7-A: The City and County’s Human Relations Commissions should establish an Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Task Force for the Pittsburgh Region with representatives from the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City Housing Authority (HACP), the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA), the other two federal CDBG Entitlement Communities in Allegheny County (McKeesport and Penn Hills), and other groups and organizations which promote fair housing.

  • 7-B: “The four Federal Entitlement jurisdictions should promote and encourage the development of affordable housing and encourage the development of affordable housing throughout the Pittsburgh Region in areas that are not economically or racially impacted.”

  • 7-C: “Improve intergovernmental and interagency cooperation in sharing all information pertaining to discrimination cases filed within the jurisdiction of the City of Pittsburgh (Pg. 11).”


The mission of the AFFH Task Force is to assist in jurisdictions’ efforts to affirmatively further fair housing through identifying barriers and disparities to fair housing and recommending policies to alleviate those barriers and disparities.

The goal of the AFFH Task Force is to help assess current impediments to fair housing choice, and develop policy recommendations that affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) for the first and upcoming Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) in 2019 for the City of Pittsburgh, and other jurisdictions.


[1] Urban Design Ventures. Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. United Stated. City of Pittsburgh. Department of City Planning. 22 Feb.2013.  Web. 17 May 2016. .


AFFH Press Releases:

May 31, 2016



Residential Segregation: What are the Remedies? 

by Richard Rothstein (Introduction by Deputy Director Sarah Kinter)


New PA law can limit access to criminal histories


Housing Opportunity Fund Public Hearing

September 21, 2016


Policing Reform, Community, and Ethical Leadership 

by former Police Chief Cameron McLay




The Housing and Urban Development Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Final Rule

Affordable Housing Task Force Recommendations


If you or your organization would like to become a member of the AFFH Task Force, please complete this form and return it to


Updated: 4/21/2017
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