Athens-Clarke County is committed to identifying and addressing impediments as they relate to fair housing in our community.
What does 'Impediments to Fair Housing' mean?
Impediments to Fair Housing means any action or decision that a person or company makes that can stop someone from receiving housing based on their race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, religion, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or other factor.
Affirmatively Further Fair Housing
Athens-Clarke County's Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) is working diligently to ensure that ACC Gov stays in compliance with HUD's requirements to receive entitlement grants. One of those requirements includes submitting a certification to affirmatively further fair housing.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
Local entitlement communities must develop an "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice." This analysis is a study of the local community's barriers regarding fair housing, and the actions the community can take to improve access to equitable fair housing.
How is Athens-Clarke County addressing Impediments to Fair Housing?
The 2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing was completed in partnership with the University of Georgia. Between 2021 and 2026, Athens-Clarke County will work together to create policies and practices to address these impediments.
Additionally, Athens-Clarke County has reviewed the Department of Community Affair's Analysis of Impediments from 2016 and is providing the following link for review:
What impediments were identified in the study and how is ACC Gov working to address these concerns?
1. Severe Lack of Affordable Housing.
2. Rent-Burdened Low Income Families Cannot Afford Fair Market Rent.
ACC Gov is partnering with multiple community organizations to help create affordable housing in Athens-Clarke County.
3. Lack of Education and Awareness on Fair Housing Rights & Responsibilities.
ACC Gov's Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) is working to offer more Lunch and Learn opportunities that are available to the public. HCD Is also working to develop other educational opportunities to reach as many community members as possible.
4. Land Use & Zoning Presents Access Issues to Affordable and Fair Housing.
HCD is collaborating with the Planning Department to examine existing policies and identify any barriers that could prevent individuals of a protected class from pursuing affordable housing.
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