DURHAM, N.C. – The City of Durham is seeking resident input in identifying fair housing concerns through an online, confidential survey available now until April 30, 2012.
As part of its effort to update the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, the City’s Community Development Department has developed this survey, now available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DurhamAI, for residents to complete the questionnaire regarding their fair housing concerns.
Fair Housing concerns include any act of discrimination or barrier that might limit the housing choices of families and individuals. As part of this analysis, which must be updated every five years, the City is looking for actions or omissions on the local level that constitute violations, or potential violations, of the Fair Housing Act; are counter-productive to Fair Housing Choice; or have the effect of restricting housing opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation.
As a participating jurisdiction, the City must certify that it is affirmatively furthering fair housing, which is a requirement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition of receiving federal funds. As part of the certification process, the City and its planning consultant firm, Urban Design Ventures, LLC, are scheduling a series of informal discussions, meetings, interviews with numerous housing and social service agencies, and several City departments in addition to the Fair Housing Survey for residents.
Once completed, a copy of the draft analysis will be available for a 30-day public comment period in May 2012, followed by a public hearing in June 2012.
For information about the analysis or the online resident survey, contact Wilmur Conyers, federal programs coordinator for the City’s Community Development Department, at (919) 560-4570, ext. 22277 or by email at Wilmur.Conyers@DurhamNC.gov.
About the Community Development Department
The City of Durham’s Community Development Department is responsible for coordinating the City’s housing resources and various housing assistance programs as well as promoting affordable housing by working with investors and community housing development organizations. The department also provides assistance with the abatement of lead in older homes and administers the City’s entitlement programs from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps to ensure that the City has thriving, livable neighborhoods by enhancing housing quality and affordability for Durham residents. To learn more, visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/cb/cdd/Pages/Home.aspx.