New fair housing study for Montgomery County, Dayton, and Kettering released
Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice documents conditions and policies impeding fair housing
October 23, 2015 — The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC) today released a new report reviewing municipal housing, economic conditions, and transportation conditions as well as public and private sector policies in order
to determine whether they support or impede housing choice and opportunities for all persons in the region.
The report, 2015 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing for Montgomery County and the Cities of Dayton and Kettering, OH, was prepared by MVFHC under contract with the county and the two cities, all three of which are entitlement jurisdictions receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The AI is part of an ongoing fair housing planning process required of entitlement jurisdictions by HUD every five years.
MVFHC developed the report under the guidance of an advisory committee comprised of staff from MVFHC, Montgomery County, the City of Dayton, the City of Kettering, and Greater Dayton Premier Management.
In its review of conditions and policies in the area, MVFHC identified 13 impediments to housing choice. These impediments are issues that the county and cities should address in order to remove barriers limiting people’s ability to find housing they can afford in areas in which they want to live. MVFHC also documented policies and processes of the three entitlement jurisdictions that have been working well.
To review the report either in its entirety, in an executive summary, or by individual sections, visit our 2015 AI page.
Previous news items are available here.
Resources and useful links
Fair Housing webinars
In conjunction with the Greater Dayton Apartment Association, MVFHC is offering one-hour fair housing webinars on the third Thursday
of every month in 2015. For more information, visit our GDAA webinar page
Inclusive Community Fund
MVFHC’s Inclusive Community Fund
is working to help residents of ZIP codes 45417
with down payment assistance, home repair and rehabilitation, accessibility modifications, home improvement loans, and neighborhood quality of life grants. For more information, visit our ICF page
Reasonable Modifications and Accommodations
Have questions about what your rights or responsibilities are under the federal Fair Housing Act for persons with disabilities? Now available online in the Services/Reference section are joint statements from the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development that explain reasonable modifications
HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton
The Home Ownership Center
is a non-profit organization that empowers local residents to achieve and sustain homeownership and financial success. They’ve helped thousands of individuals and families meet their homeownership goals through a variety of services offered at low or no cost.
MVFHC provides legal counsel and advice at no cost for foreclosure cases involving residential mortgages.
If you have received a foreclosure complaint, call MVFHC at 937-223-6035.
If you are struggling with your mortgage payments but have not yet been served with a foreclosure notice, please contact the HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton at 937-853-1600.
Service Animal Policy
A Service Animal Policy
is now available available online in the Services/Reference section. The policy explains what service animals are and how they are a reasonable accommodation under the Federal Fair Housing Act and also provides practice guidelines for housing providers
and for tenants
Additional Landlord/Tenant info
Also, if you are a landlord or a tenant wanting information on your rights and duties under Ohio law, the Dayton-Montgomery County Ombudsman's Office has a page about landlord/tenant issues
Mobile Home Park residents
rights and responsibilities
A booklet outlining your rights and responsibilities when renting mobile homes or lots in mobile home parks is available on the Ohio Legal Services website
Fair Housing Advertising Word and Phrase List
A word and phrase list
intended as a guideline to assist in complying with state and federal fair housing laws is available online in the Services/Reference section.
Equal Housing Opportunity usage guidelines
on the usage of the "Equal Housing Opportunity" logo and slogan are available online in the Services/Reference section.
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that promotes compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. Visit www.fairhousingfirst.org
for instruction programs and useful online resources.
is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. To learn how you can save money in your home, visit www.energystar.gov
Copies of special reports such as Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice released by local jurisdictions as well as other reports done by MVFHC on zoning and predatory lending are available on the reports