Fair Housing / Analysis of Impediments
Affirmatively furthering fair housing is defined in the Fair Housing Act 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”.
Affirmatively furthering fair housing requires that recipients of federal housing and urban development funds take meaningful actions to address housing disparities, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. Furthering fair housing can involve developing affordable housing, removing barriers to affordable housing development in high opportunity areas, investing in neighborhood revitalization, preserving and rehabilitating existing affordable housing units, improving housing access in areas of concentrated poverty, and improving community assets.
The AI process involves a thorough examination of a variety of sources related to housing, the fair housing delivery system, housing transactions, locations of public housing authorities, area having racial and ethnic concentrations of poverty, and access to opportunity.
In accordance with the applicable statutes and regulations governing the Consolidated Plan, the City of Surprise certifies that they will affirmatively further fair housing, by taking appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified in the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and maintaining records that reflect the analysis and actions in this regard.
High Priority Impediments to Fair Housing Contributing Factors
- Insufficient affordable housing in a range of unit sizes.
- Disproportionate rates of housing problems for Black or African American, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander households.
- Insufficient accessible affordable housing.
- Failure to make reasonable accommodations.
- Lack of fair housing infrastructure.
- Insufficient fair housing education.
- Insufficient understanding of credit.
Fair Housing Goals
- Review zoning and municipal codes for barriers to housing choice.
- Increase availability of accessible housing.
- Promote homeownership and rental opportunities in areas outside of racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty (R/ECAPs).
- Enhance community services in R/ECAPs.
- Promote community and service provider knowledge of fair housing and ADA laws.
Want to know more about Fair Housing?
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20410-2000
Office of the Arizona Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
1275 W Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007