City to hold two fair housing public outreach forums

Currently, the city of Bowling Green is conducting a fair housing study. Known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI),” the AI enables the city as a Community Development Block Grant recipient to, in part, “affirmatively further fair housing” as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist locally in the rental and real estate markets as well as the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries. Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that could, intentionally or inadvertently, lead to housing discrimination.

The AI process includes soliciting the opinions of persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. For those who prefer not taking an online survey, need clarification, seek more information about Fair Housing laws or wish to provide added input, two forums will be held.

These identical, open-ended forums allow the public the opportunity to complete a paper copy of the fair housing survey (currently online at www.bgohio.org), receive Fair Housing Program materials, and provide any added input regarding your knowledge, opinions, experiences and feelings about fair housing choice.

Public Outreach Forum #1: Tuesday, April 16, noon-1 p.m., City of Bowling Green Council Chamber, third floor, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green.

Public Outreach Forum #2: Wednesday, April 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., City of Bowling Green Community Center, 1245 West Newton Road, Classroom A-B, Bowling Green.

Should you need special accommodations, please provide at least 72-hour advance notice by calling 419-354-6203 or via bggrants@bgohio.org . If you cannot make one of these forums, please call 419-354-6221 to receive a survey, discuss ways to provide input and receive any materials made available during the forums.

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