Cherokee County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice AI
ABOUT THE STUDY
The Analysis is a study of housing access in Cherokee County that identifies any barriers to housing choice due to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or whether a household has children. It discusses segregation and poverty, access to opportunity, and housing needs in the County. The community's opinions and perceptions are an important part, and everyone is invited to give input.
The County has just completed its study, and in the plan, the County outlines strategies to improve fair housing over the next five years. It provides essential information to policymakers, staff, housing providers, lenders, fair housing advocates, and others in the community.
The Assessment of Fair Housing is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for communities that receive funds from HUD for affordable housing and community development activities. Cherokee County followed the new AFH format and guidelines; however, before the document was electronically submitted to HUD for approval, HUD issued a notice, dated January 8, 2018, to all its Consolidated Plan grantees advising of an immediate AFH deadline extension to at least October of 2020. The notice further required that grantees instead prepare and keep on file a current Analysis of Impediments (AI). This Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice was originally prepared as an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) under the regulations contained in HUD’s 2015 AFFH Final Rule.
And, as part of the County's Citizen Participation Plan, the draft of the AI was made available to the public for comment for a period of 30 days. Click here for a downloadable, final version of the ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE (Acrobat Reader).
A key component of the Analysis is hearing, from residents and local housing and service providers, perspectives on issues of fair and affordable housing. Four Fair Housing Meetings were held to gather input from members of the public. These meetings were open to anyone in the community, including anyone living or working in Cherokee County. Meetings were held at Canton City Hall, Next Step Ministries, Inc., MUST Ministries, Inc., and Cherokee County Senior Services. In addition to the fair housing meetings, online and paper surveys were made available to garner input from the public.
Cherokee County supports Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing and does not discriminate in any of its CDBG Programs on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, sex, familial status, age, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
You can access HUD's Assessment of Fair Housing data and explore interactive maps by clicking here.
You can also check out HUD's website to learn more about the Assessment of Fair Housing using the links below.