The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2005 is a cooperative undertaking of three entitlement communities in metropolitan Rochester: Monroe County, the Town of Greece and the Town of Irondequoit. Both HUD and these participating jurisdictions recognize the benefits of this approach, including creating opportunities for collaboration in increasing housing choice, the opportunity for countywide initiatives to address identified barriers to housing choice and the increased likelihood that a variety of municipalities, as well as the entitlement communities themselves, will successfully engage members of the private sector. Fair Housing Planning Guide . (FHPG 2-11).
“Communities have authority and responsibility to decide the nature and extent of impediments to fair housing and to decide what they believe can and should be done to address those impediments.” (FHPG, i) HUD fair housing planning defines a four-step process. The first is to complete an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice. Its audience is the jurisdictions themselves. Step two is to develop strategies to overcome identified impediments and ways of measuring progress in doing so. The third step is to implement the strategies, and the fourth step is to measure results.
The County of Monroe and the Towns of Greece and Irondequoit, NY jointly contracted with The Housing Council to complete the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2005. The Analysis of Impediments (AI) is a review of impediments to fair housing choice in the public and private sector.
The analysis involves:
• An assessment of conditions, both public and private, affecting fair housing choice for all protected classes
• A comprehensive review of the jurisdiction’s laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures and practices
• An assessment of how those laws, etc. affect the location, availability and accessibility of housing
• An assessment of the availability of affordable, accessible housing in a range of unit sizes