- Created: Monday, 21 November 2016 06:49
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
In May, a group of government officials and community leaders started a year-long process to more deeply investigate the barriers to fair housing faced by communities of color — and rewrite a key document that informs how federal dollars flow into the Twin Cities region. After months of meetings discussing that process, it's time for the public to weigh in.
To get that input, the Fair Housing Implementation Council (FHIC) is awarding micro-grants to community-based organizations that work in the suburban areas of the seven-county metro area — specifically the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Suburban Hennepin, Suburban Ramsey, Scott, and Washington — to convene their communities to discuss barriers to housing opportunity and fair housing within their respective cultural backgrounds.
More specifically, the FHIC is seeking input to create an addendum to the region's Analysis to Impediments to Fair Housing, a document required for area cities to get funding from the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development. In particular, this addendum specifically focuses on race and national origin — and the impact of segregation, housing discrimination, displacement, gentrification, and barriers to housing choice on communities of color.