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Notice of 45 Day Public Comment Period for Assessment of Fair Housing

10/24/2017

The City of Gainesville, the Gainesville Housing Authority and the Alachua County Housing Authority have collaborated to work through the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirement under the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. The AFH is required of all communities and states that receive federal funding, as well as all public housing authorities. Pursuant to 24 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 5.154, the AFH includes an analysis of fair housing data, an assessment of fair housing issues and contributing factors, and an identification of fair housing priorities and goals specific to the Alachua County region. Fair housing issues include segregation, racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, disparities in access to opportunity for protected classes, and disproportionate housing needs for any protected class within the region.

Part of the HUD requirements includes a 45-day public comment period on the draft AFH, including the strategies and goals. A copy of the draft AFH is available for public inspection and comment for 45 days beginning Oct. 16, 2017 and ending Nov. 30, 2017. Copies of the draft AFH are available, during regular business hours, at the following locations:

  • Housing & Community Development Office, 306 NE Sixth Ave., Thomas Center, Bldg. B, Rm. 245
  • Clerk of the City Commission Office, 200 East University Ave., City Hall
  • Downtown Library, 401 East University Ave.
  • Cone Park Library, 2801 East University Ave.
  • Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.
  • Gainesville Housing Authority Office, 1900 SE Fourth St.
  • Alachua County Housing Authority Office, 703 NE First St.
  • Alachua County Community Support Services Office, 218 SE 24th St.

The document is also available for viewing online.

Written comments on the AFH will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2017. All comments received by that date will be addressed in the final AFH. For more information, or to submit written comments, please contact John Wachtel at wachteljs@cityofgainesville.org or 352- 393-8565.

Public meetings will be held in December where the City Commission and Housing Authority Boards will consider the adoption of the AFH.  The city and the housing authorities intend to submit the Joint AFH to HUD on or before January 4, 2018.