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Posted on: October 3, 2022

Community Input Sought for City's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report Update

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Department of Planning, Building & Development is currently working with McKenna to update the City of East Lansing’s Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice Report. 

As a recipient of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, updating this report is a part of the City’s commitment to affirmatively further fair housing. As a part of the update, McKenna is currently creating a profile of the East Lansing community and analyzing the public and private policies, practices and procedures that impact an individual’s housing choices in East Lansing, particularly through an equity lens. 

As community input and participation is a key part of this update, there are three upcoming public participation events where community members are encouraged to come and share their feedback: 

  • Fair Housing Focus Groups
     
    Friday, October 7, 2022
     
    1:30-2:20 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
     
    East Lansing Hannah Community Center, Room 235
  • Fair Housing Community Open House
     
    Thursday, October 13, 2022
     
    6-8 p.m.
     
    East Lansing Hannah Community Center, Executive Conference Room

At both the focus groups and open house, the McKenna team will describe the AI project and engage participants in conversations about their fair housing experiences in East Lansing. Due to anticipated group size, the focus groups will be more of a detailed and targeted conversation, whereas the open house will be more general. All community members and fair housing stakeholders are encouraged to attend any and all of the events. Food and beverages will be provided.  

“We are looking forward to using this report’s findings as a guide to addressing equity issues in our housing market and supporting our low- to moderate-income residents with federal funding for years to come,” said East Lansing Community and Economic Development Specialist Matt Apostle. “We encourage all community members with an interest in this topic to consider attending one of these upcoming public participation events.”

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