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
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) - Current Project in Progress
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, a summary of results from Phase I of the public engagement process. The following are links to the survey for information only:
What is AI?
The 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 of our residents, especially our veterans, seniors, disabled, even people with concerns about living conditions as they age and people who have been 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.
The City plans to provide several 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 audience 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 the popular social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. 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.
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)
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.