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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.

Public Participation

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 and comment until March 17,2017. Comments and questions should be addressed to Jeannie Sutton, Grants Coordinator, Lee County Department of Human and Veteran Services, 2440 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, or by email to JSutton@leegov.com. All comments will be considered in preparing the final assessment and reported in the documents. 

​DRAFT HUD Provided and Local Data and Maps for the Assessment of Fair Housing

Further input is gathered through comments accepted at public meetings and through surveys available both online and in paper format. The information gathered will assist in the evaluation and assessment of fair housing issues and barriers that restrict access to opportunity. Several Community Meetings will be hosted throughout the year. A tentative schedule can be viewed below. In addition to attending one or more of the community meetings, fair surveys can be completed online. 

Date & Time

Location

Purpose/Activity

March 9, 2017

5:30 pm

Lee County Human 
and Veteran Services
2440 Thompson St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Public meeting to discuss fair housing issues and gather public input on HUD provided data and local data for the AFH.

March 24, 2017

6:00 pm

Nicholas Annex Community Room
City Public Works Building
915 Nicholas Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33990

Public meeting to discuss fair housing issues and gather public input on HUD provided data and local data for the AFH

March 29, 2017

10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Carrie Robinson Center
2929 Edison Avenue
Fort Myers, FL  33916

Public Meeting to discuss fair housing issues and gather public input on HUD provided data and local data to be input into the AFH.