Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Lee County is an entitlement community receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs promote the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of very low- and low-income. In order to receive these grants, the County must complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (Analysis).
The Analysis is a report of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice. It covers public and private policies, practices, and procedures affecting housing choice. Impediments to fair housing choice are defined as any actions, omissions, or decisions that restrict, or have the effect of restricting, the availability of housing choices, based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.
The Analysis covers the period of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2024 and was created in collaboration with the City of Cape Coral and the City of Fort Myers.
The 2019-2023 Draft Analysis is now available for public comment.
Comments and questions will be accepted through July 29, 2019 and should be addressed to Jeannie Sutton, Acting Operations Manager, Lee County Human and Veteran Services, 2440 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, by phone at 239-533-7958 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessment of Fair Housing
On January 5, 2018, HUD published a notice extending the deadline for the submission of the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). This extension became effective immediately, and postposed the submission of all AFHs until after October 31, 2020. HUD grantees are still obligated to affirmatively further fair housing, and update their Analysis of Impediments at least every five years.
As a result of this notice, the submission of Lee County's Regional Assessment of Fair Housing has been postponed until January 2024. Lee County, the City of Fort Myers, the City of Cape Coral, the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers, and Lee County Housing Authority remain committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing and eliminating impediments to fair housing choice, as identified in the 2015-2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
Fair Housing: It is Your Right!
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, better known as the Fair Housing Act (FHA), made it unlawful to discriminate in any aspect relating to the sale, rental or financing of housing, or in the provisions of brokerage services or facilities in connection with the sale or rental of a dwelling because of:
- National Origin
- Familial Status (when there are children under the age of 18 and/or a pregnant women)
The Fair Housing Amendments of 1988 strengthened the administrative enforcement provisions of Title VIII and added prohibitions against housing discrimination based on disability and familial status. It also provided for the award of monetary damages where discriminatory housing practices are found.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the federal agency with primary responsibility for enforcing the Fair Housing Act. Since the passage of the FHA, there have been great improvements in providing equal housing opportunity. However, discrimination still exists, making the FHA an extremely important tool in fighting against housing discrimination.
Additional Fair Housing Resources:
HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Florida Commission on Human Relations
National Fair Housing Alliance