This page contains two sections. The top section provides information on Fair Housing and Fair Housing related analysis. The second section provides information on the Community Development Block Grant Program plans.
Fair Housing Is the Law. What If You Feel Discriminated Against?
Equal access to rental housing and homeownership opportunities is the cornerstone of our nation's federal housing policy. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 protects all Americans from discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, national origin, religion, familial status and disability.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the Fair Housing Act. Discrimination can occur in rental and sale of housing, in mortgage lending, and in accommodation for disabilities. Everyone has the right to file a complaint if he/she experiences discrimination. To learn more about the Fair Housing Law and how to file a fair housing complaint, visit the following HUD websites:
Fair Housing Act
Federal Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office
File Fair Housing Complaint
Fair Housing Equal Opportunity for All Booklet
Past Issues of AI
HUD requires that the AI be completed and submitted everyone 3-5 years by individual entitlement jurisdictions or joint consortium of multiple jurisdictions. Earlier versions of the AI were completed under the consortium of multiple cities and counties in the KC metro area.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) - Current Project in Progress
HIGHLIGHTS: This project is entering its final stage. Following 12 months of public consultation, community engagement, research and analysis, the draft AI has been prepared. A public hearing has been scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Wed., May 8, 2019 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 220 SE Green St. The City Council Community and Economic Development Committee will hold the public hearing to review the draft report and to hear public comments. Following the public hearing, the public can continue to review the report and provide comments to the City between May 9 and June 10.
The draft AI report is available to the public through the following options:
- Hard copies for review onsite – Lee’s Summit branches of the Mid-continent Public Library at 150 NW Oldham Pkwy and 1000 NE Colbern Rd.
- Hard copies for review onsite – City Clerk Office, City Hall, 220 SE Green St.
- Hard copies for public consumption and distribution – Development Center, City Hall, 220 SE Green St.
- Electronic version online – View or download by clicking Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV
- Electronic version through email – Email request to Heping.Zhan@cityofls.net
Public comments will be accepted both in written or oral forms.
- Options for submitting comments in writing:
- Mail to Development Services, City of Lee’s Summit, 220 SE Green St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
- Email to Heping.Zhan@cityofls.net
- Fax to Development Services, 816-969-1221
- Drop of at Development Center, City Hall, 220 SE Green St.
- Comments can be submitted orally by calling 816.969.1200 and asking for Heping Zhan or Amy Hugunin
History of the Project
The City of Lee’s Summit has been conducting an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) since early 2018 and the project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019. AI is a federal mandate for the Entitlement Communities of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to implement the Fair Housing Act. Be a part of the City’s effort to better understand the issues related to housing, housing choice and overall quality of life of its citizens in order to draft future goals and policies to address identified impediments to fair housing choices.
The AI project has just completed the public engagement events for developing goals and strategies to overcome the identified impediments to fair housing choice. The public was offered a survey, a public meeting or forum to provide input during the month of October and November. To facilitate this phase of the public engagement, asummary of results from Phase I of the public engagement process. The following are links to the survey for information only:
What is AI?
AI is a study that includes;
Analysis of local and regional housing patterns and opportunities.
Identification of patterns of concentration of poverty or segregation based on demographic characteristics
Understanding of the contributing factors that led to these patterns
Identification of impediments limiting housing choices for the protected class
Establishment of goals and policies for concrete actions to address impediments
Fair housing choice is the fundamental right of all Americans. Every citizen should have equal right to choose where to live. The City wants to hear from all residents, especially our veterans, seniors, disabled, those with concerns about living conditions as they age, and those exposed to housing discrimination.
The process of this study will include the following key elements:
- Public awareness
- Consultation with stakeholders and public surveys
- Research, data gathering and analysis
- Identification of patterns, issues and contributing factors
- Public participation (community meetings, open houses, etc.)
- Report preparation
- Public hearing and public comment period
- Adoption of the study
The final product of this process will be a comprehensive analysis of the status of housing choice opportunities and specific impediments that limit fair housing choice for a person or household of a protected class, and establishment of goals and objectives for meaningful actions to combat the issues.
There will be opportunities for public involvement throughout the process. The public is encouraged to help the City’s public awareness effort by spreading the word about the study. Surveys will be provided in various forms to the general public and targeted audiences on fair housing choice related questions. Various public meetings or other public events will be scheduled to further engage the public for education and community solutions. The final phase of public engagement will include review of the final document for comment and a public hearing.
The City will put out public announcements through various media outlets, including this website, for all the above mentioned public events as they are scheduled. In addition, all public announcements will be posted on social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. The public can also contact the City by phone: 816.969.1600, by email: Heping.Zhan@cityofLS.net, by fax: 816.969.1619
To maximize the level of public participation so that a wide range of representation is achieved, the City will reach out to various agencies, organizations, civic and advocacy group leaders for assistance.
Public engagement will provide valuable information in helping the community to assess the current status of fair housing choice and opportunities, which will lead to identification of choice limiting factors. Public input collected will be used for designing strategies to improve housing choice opportunities for all.
Stay informed by following us through the entire process of this important project.
Completed Public Participation (Phase I)- Fair Housing Surveys and Forums
The following information is provided to allow citizens to see what activities have been completed
The City conducted three different surveys during the month of May and June to gather input from residents, developers/builders and financial institutions regarding housing and impediments to fair housing choice. All surveys are anonymous. These surveys will help the City with the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, a federal mandate for entitlement communities under HUD grant programs.
The surveys included the following and these surveys have been completed. You may review a summary of the results these surveys.
- Resident Survey
- Developer/Builder Survey
- Financial Institution Survey
Service Providers Forum was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at City Hall Howard Conference Rooms. Over 20 service agency representatives attended the forum. You may review the summary of the results of this forum.
A Housing Providers Forum was scheduled for 9:30-11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 17. However, due to extremely low interest in attendance, this event was cancelled.
Completed Public Participation (Phase II) - Presentation of Phase I Results and Identification of Strategies
The Phase II of the public participation included presentations of Phase I and solicitation of public opinions on future goals and strategies to address barriers to fair housing choice. Several events were held during the the months of October and November 2018.
A public meeting was held on October 22, 2018 in Gamber Community Center to present a summary of the public engagement results from Phase I and analysis results and gather public input on how the community can address identified barriers to fair housing choice.
A public survey was also conducted for the same purpose between October 17 and November 19, 2018.
A public forum was held on November 1, 2018 to collect community input on future goals and strategies to combat impediments.
Drafting of the AI
After the completion of the initial public engagement process and the research, data gathering and analysis, a draft of the AI report was prepared. This report outlines the AI process, provides a summary of the public engagement process and input, presents statistical analysis and research results, summarizes key impediments perceived by the public or identified in the analytical process, outlines strategy options and future actions. The final process of the AI will include additional public participation, official review and conclusion of the study.
A public hearing has been scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Wed., May 8, 2019, in City Hall Council Chambers, 220 SE Green St., Lee's Summit, MO 64063. Public is invited to this public hearing. The City Council Community and Economic Development Committee will host the public hearing. A presentation of a summary of the AI draft will be given during the hearing and the Committee and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the report. The draft AI will be made available for the public hearing and to the public on or before May 3, 2019.
30-Day Public Comment Period
According to the City's Citizen Participation Plan, the public will be given a minimum of 30 days for review of the draft document and providing comments before the report is finalized. This public comment period will occur May 10 through June 14. The draft AI will be made available on or before May 3, 2019.
The final step of the AI process is to finalize the AI report and submit it to HUD. This process will last until mid-August, 2019.
Consolidated Plan (5-Year Plan)
A Consolidated Plan is a document HUD requires each entitlement agency to prepare in order to receive HUD’s grant money. A typical Consolidated Plan is normally a 3-year or 5-year plan that identifies local needs in housing and community development and establishes local goals to accomplish by utilizing HUD’s grant funds. The Consolidated Plan should also identify programs to be carried out and resources to be used as implementation strategies.
The City Council adopted by ordinance the 2015-19 Consolidated Plan on May 21, 2015, along with the 2015-16 Annual Action Plan and the amended Citizen Participation Plan. These plans are provided below for public access.
2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan (combined)
Annual Action Plans (1-Year Plans)
2019-20 Annual Action Plan draft is now available for public review and comment. Public comments will be accepted between March 15 and April 19, 2019. The final plan will be presented to the City Council for adoption by ordinance between May and June. Access the draft Action Plan document and instructions on submitting comments here.
An Annual Action Plan is prepared by entitlement communities for the program year, which outlines in more detail what activities will be carried out and how they will be funded. The programmed activities in the Action Plan should help achieve the community’s long-term goals identified in the Consolidated Plan.
Below is a list of recent action plans:
2016-17 Plan (For program Year starting on July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017)
2017-18 Plan (For program year starting on July 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2018)
2018-19 Plan (For program year starting on July 1, 2018 and ending on June 30, 2019)
Earlier plans are available upon request.