At its meeting on February 15, the City Commission approved the release of the draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing report and scheduled a 30-day public comment period to begin on Tuesday, March 9. The public comment period will close on April 9.
During this period, community members are invited to share any comments about this report. Written comments will be received by the City of Kalamazoo via mail at 241 W South Street, Kalamazoo, MI. 49007 ATTN: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director. Residents may also email comments to Dorla Bonner, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director at email@example.com.
About the report
Every 3-5 years, HUD requires communities who receive direct funding to prepare a number of plans for continued funding. The Analysis to Impediments (AI) is one of those documents. HUD requires that each jurisdiction receiving federal funds certifies that it is affirmatively furthering fair housing. The certification required jurisdictions to do the following:
- Conduct an analysis to impediments to fair housing choice within the state or jurisdiction.
- Take appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through that analysis.
- Maintain records reflecting the analysis and actions to this regard. This report details actions that being taken to help ensure fair housing in the City of Kalamazoo.
The report contains:
- The list of impediments based on data from such as the U.S. Census, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act as well as engagement via surveys and listening sessions.
- A list of recommendations and efforts planned to impact impediments.
- An analysis of the data used for the report.
- Housing Equity Report which examines housing experiences, opportunities, obstacles, and discrimination within the City of Kalamazoo through a lens of racial equity.
- Housing Equity Report Survey Findings
- Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan Report (2017-2018) – Systemic housing investigation on real estate agents, race discrimination, lending institutions and home mortgage lending discrimination.
Agencies supporting the creation of this document include the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Kalamazoo Community Foundation/Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT), Fair Housing of Southwest Michigan and Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community (ISAAC). We also received an Innovation Grant from the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE), through the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. This funding supported the intensive engagement done for this report.