Input from residents, realtors, lenders, landlords, housing providers, social service agencies, and other interested persons regarding fair housing issues will assist Lee County in Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all communities to prepare an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) if they receive annual formula grants. Lee County receives three formula grants totaling more than $3 million from HUD: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).
The Assessment of Fair Housing identifies fair housing issues, and sets goals to overcome those issues over a five year period. The 2018-2023 Assessment of Fair Housing is currently being developed through collaboration between Lee County, the City of Fort Myers, the City of Cape Coral, the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers, and the Lee County Housing Authority.
The completion of the regional Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) requires input from residents, realtors, lenders, landlords, housing providers, social service agencies, and other interested persons on important fair housing issues, HUD provided fair housing data, and local fair housing data. A draft of the HUD and local data to be included in the AFH is available for review below.
Further input is gathered through comments accepted at public meetings and through surveys available online and in paper format. Several community meetings will be hosted throughout the year, the schedule can be viewed below. The information gathered will assist in the evaluation and assessment of fair housing issues and barriers that restrict access to opportunity.