The U.S. Fair Housing Act of 1969 protects all citizens. It states that no one can be denied housing because of their race, color, religion, sex national origin, familial status, age or disability. The month of April serves as a time to celebrate the progress made in opening the doors of housing opportunity to every citizen. It is also a time to acknowledge the fair housing challenges that still remain, and commit to finding solutions to those challenges.
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires an analysis of our area be conducted to identify impediments to fair housing and, subsequently, recommend solutions to the impediments. The most recent analysis of impediments to fair housing in Lake City was completed and submitted to HUD on March 17, 2022. The document is used as a guide to establish funding priorities via Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars. Further, it serves as a plan to augment current fair housing initiatives internally, and is slated to be an integral part of Lake City’s Community Development Department's outreach and educational plans in the future.