City of Fargo Fair Housing and Community Needs Citizens Survey

The City of Fargo, ND requests your participation in a brief survey designed to identify fair housing and other housing and economic development issues in the City.  As a recipient of federal funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Fargo, ND is required to certify that it will affirmatively further fair housing.  It is also required to develop a 5-year comprehensive plan for housing and community development to determine the types of projects that should be financed in the future with federal housing and community development funds. The City of Fargo anticipates receiving millions of dollars for housing and community development in the next five years.  Completing this survey will help us gain a more qualitative analysis of the knowledge, experiences, opinions and feelings of community members on these topics across the City.  

Your response to this survey is entirely confidential.  All personal responses will be completely anonymous to protect your identity.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey. Your input is important.  Feel free to forward this survey on to others we may have missed.

Definitions of Fair Housing:

Federal Fair Housing - Equal and free access to housing choices regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap or disability, familial status, and national origin.

Barriers to Fair Housing Choice - Any actions, omissions or decisions which have the effect of restricting housing choices for the groups defined above, through sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing or the provision of brokerage services.

 

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* 1. Please provide your zip code.

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* 2. How long have you lived in Fargo?

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* 3. How many people do you live with?

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* 4. In general, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the housing, safety, and environment of the area in which you live, or spend most of your time? Where 10 is the best and 1 is the worst.

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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 5. Why did you rate the area in which you live that way?

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* 6. Which best describes your living situation?

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* 7. Have you experienced any of the following in the past two years? (Select all that apply.)

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* 8. How familiar are you with Fair Housing or Anti-discrimination Laws?

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* 9. Are you aware of your rights under Fair Housing and Anti-discrimination laws?

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* 10. I believe that people are protected by federal, state, or local fair housing or anti-discrimination laws because of: (Select all that apply.)

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* 11. What are barriers to good housing options in Fargo that you have experienced or observed? (Select all that apply.)

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* 12. Are you aware of any incidents of housing discrimination in Fargo in the last five years?

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* 13. If so, on what basis do you believe that the discrimination occurred? (Select all that apply.)

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* 14. Who do you believe was responsible or involved in the discrimination? (Select all that apply.)

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* 15. Where did the act(s) of discrimination occur? (Select all that apply.)

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* 16. If you were involved or have personal knowledge of the incident(s), who did you report the incident(s) to? (Select all that apply.)

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* 17. If you did not report the incident(s), why not? (Select all that apply.)

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* 18. Are you aware of opportunities in your community to learn about fair housing or anti-discrimination?

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* 19. Have you ever participated in any sort of fair housing or anti-discrimination education opportunity?

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* 20. Please share any additional comments regarding fair housing or discrimination.

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* 21. How much of your household income do you spend on housing (including insurance and utilities)?

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* 22. The following list has some potential ways the City of Fargo could spend federal money to address housing needs. How high of a priority are the following needs to you? (Please identify your priorities by clicking on the appropriate bubble.)

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Providing decent, safe, affordable housing
Repairing homes owned by households with low or moderate incomes
Repairing apartments rented by households with low or moderate incomes
Building new rental apartments for households with low or moderate incomes
Building new homes for homebuyers with low or moderate incomes
Making low-interest loans for homebuyers with low or moderate incomes
Providing housing opportunities for people that are homeless
Providing services for people that are homeless
Providing housing opportunities for people with special needs, like the frail elderly, or people with disabilities, alcohol or drug  addiction, or HIV/AIDS
Providing services for people with special needs, like the frail elderly, or people with disabilities, alcohol or drug addiction, or HIV/AIDS
Providing housing opportunities for individuals exiting incarceration or individuals with felony convictions/ criminal backgrounds
Providing services for individuals exiting incarceration or individuals with felony convictions/ criminal backgrounds
Providing housing opportunities for veterans
Providing services for veterans

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* 23. The following list has some potential ways the City of Fargo could spend federal money to address neighborhood improvements. How high of a priority are the following needs to you? (Please identify your priorities by clicking on the appropriate bubble.)

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Building or improving neighborhood infrastructure including water and sewer lines, streets, sidewalks, and drainage
Assisting with the reduction of special assessment costs 
Eliminating environmental hazards such as trash, vacant or dilapidated buildings and overgrown lots
Upgrading parks and recreational facilities
Providing resources for neighborhood organizing and leadership development
Providing assistance to neighborhoods for development of plans and strategies to encourage desirable development
Providing incentives for the development of neighborhood stores in under-served areas
Involving citizens in violence reduction and crime prevention efforts
Providing after-school programs and childcare for children and youth
Providing wellness programs for infants, youth and adults
Programming to address discrimination and support diversity

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* 24. The following list has some potential ways the City of Fargo could spend federal money to address economic development . How high of a priority are the following needs to you?  (Please identify your priorities by clicking on the appropriate bubble.)

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Making low-interest business development loans to people with low or moderate incomes
Financing projects that increase jobs
Providing financing for job training programs

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* 25. Out of the following categories, which do you feel are the top three most underfunded and the greatest need?

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* 26. Write any other comments regarding housing and community development in the space below that you would like to share with us.

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* 27. What is your sex?

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* 28. What is your gender identity? 

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* 29. What is your race? (Check all that apply)

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* 30. Are you of Hispanic or Latino origin?

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* 31. What is the primary language you speak?

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* 32. Do you have a disability or disabling condition?

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* 33. What is your annual household income (before taxes)? Choose one.

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* 34. What is your age?

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* 35. What is the highest level of formal education you completed?

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