Fair Housing Questionnaire

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choices (AI) seek to identify and pose solutions to factors which causes housing discrimination within a community.  Counties and cities receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are required to prepare an AI every five years and to update it annually.  Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability is required to prepare an AI for the five-year period 2020 to 2025 and seek your input the preparation of this document via the provision of answers/comments to the questions below.  Your cooperation will be extremely beneficial and all responses will be considered for inclusion in the final document.

It is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing, including against individuals seeking a mortgage or housing assistance, or in other housing-related activities. The Fair Housing Act prohibits this discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Palm Beach County’s Fair Housing Ordinance also prohibits discrimination in housing because of age, marital status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Palm Beach County’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) works to eliminate housing discrimination and promote civil rights and economic opportunity through housing. OEO enforces fair housing laws. One of its roles is to investigate complaints of housing discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against in violation of any of these federal fair housing laws, you can file a complaint with OEO.

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* 1. In what city do you live?  If you live in unincorporated Palm Beach County, which city do you live near?

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* 2. Demographic Profile

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* 3. Which of the following best describes your current relationship status?

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* 4. Age Head of Household

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* 5. In what language do you speak most often?

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* 6. How many people live in your household?

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* 7. What is your total household income?

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* 8. Are you a Homeowner or Renter

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* 9. What do you like about your Neighborhood?

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* 10. What neighborhood qualities would you look for in you were to move?

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* 11. What are the greatest housing needs in your community?  Are there parts of your community that are particularly affected?

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* 12. What areas of the County do you generally see as preferable to live in?  What makes them attractive places to live?  What barriers might someone face in moving to one of these preferable areas?

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* 13. Do residents with similar incomes generally have the same range of housing options?  Are there any barriers other than income that might impact housing choices?

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* 14. Under the County's Fair Housing Ordinance, it is illegal to discriminate in housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, familial status (presence of minor children), age, martial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  Did you know this?

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* 15. Have you ever been discriminated against in attempting to rent or buy housing, based on the above categories?  If so did you file a complaint?  If not, why?

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* 16. Have you ever been discriminated against while seeking a mortgage or homeowners' insurance, based on the above categories?  If yes, did you file a complaint?  If not, why?

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* 17. Are you aware of any housing discrimination?  What are some things that can be done to overcome discrimination?  Describe.

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* 18. Are people in the County segregated where they live?  What causes this segregation to occur?

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* 19. Is there an adequate supply of affordable housing and housing that is accessible to people who are disabled?

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* 20. Are you aware of the types of fair housing services offered in the Count yand the entities offering these services?

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* 21. Have you ever heard of the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity?  If so, what does it do?

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* 22. Are public resources e.g. parks, schools, police and fire services, libraries, grocery stores, supermarkets, public transportation) readily available and in close proximity to your neighborhood?

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* 23. Is there anything that you feel is important to our research that was not addressed in this questionnaire?

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