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    33.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 06/13/2017  
Submitted By: Alma Hernandez, Senior Management Analyst

SUBJECT:
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ASSESSMENT OF FAIR HOUSING
RECOMMENDATION:
Conduct a public hearing on the Commmunity Development Block Grant (CDBG) Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH).
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
As a recipient of CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the City is required to comply with Federal Fair Housing Regulations.  The City has met these requirements by preparing an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.  On July 8, 2015, HUD finalized changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule requiring that recipients of HUD funding prepare a new plan, Assessment of Fair Housing plan (AFH).  The AFH is intended to improve on the shortcomings of the original Analysis of Impediments by:
  • Increasing transparency by ensuring a robust public process for assessing fair housing planning.
  • Improving compliance by equipping grantees with a clear framework mandating early HUD review of assessments of fair housing so that program participants will have greater security that they have met regulatory standards.
  • Reducing data collection costs and make analysis easier by providing consistent national data and tools to assist in interpreting that data.
  • Synchronizing the assessment process with the investment planning process by requiring regular updates to assessments of fair housing that are linked to the consolidated planning cycles, linking fair housing goals to strategies, actions, and reporting on outcomes.
In addition to HUD’s desire to refine and improve the planning process, the new regulations included a significant programmatic change.  The completed AFH plan must be sent to HUD for their review 270 days prior to the start of the fiscal year which begins the 5-Year Consolidated Planning cycle.  Our current 5-Year Consolidation Plan will expire June 30, 2018.  Therefore,  the City of Chino Hills' AFH is due in October of this year.  We will be a part of the second wave of submitters for the plan.  Approval of the plan is required before HUD will release any of the federal funds allocated to the City of Chino Hills.

The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C.) declares that it is “the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional  limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States.” It does so by prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other real estate-related transactions because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability.  The AFH will analyze demographic and housing data to assess the following fair housing issues in the City: segregation/integration; racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty (R/ECAPs);  disparities in access to housing opportunity; and disproportionate housing needs.  The AFH will also discuss fair housing issues related to publicly supported housing; disability and access; and fair housing services.  Based on the outcome of the assessment, we will identify and prioritize significant contributing factors for each fair housing issue identified; and set fair housing goals to overcome prioritized contributing factors and related fair housing issues.

As stated in our Citizen Participation Plan, we will consult with several services and agencies to solicit their input on fair housing issues in the City, including our residents. This hearing will satisfy one of our requirements that the public have an opportunity to provide input on fair housing issues.  In addition, a fair housing survey has been posted on the City's website for residents to complete and provide input in the development of the AFH.   It is anticipated that the draft AFH will be made available for public review in August and submitted for Council approval in September.
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
This proposed action is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., "CEQA") and CEQA regulations (14 California Code Regulations §§ 15000, et seq.) because it constitutes an organizational or administrative activity that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment.  Accordingly, this action does not constitute a "project" that requires environmental review (see specifically 14 CCR § 15378 (b)(4-5)).
FISCAL IMPACT:
Community Development Block Grant funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
None.

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