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Analysis of Impediment to Fair Housing Choice (AI) Draft
The City of Long Beach has prepared a draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) document.  Your input is encouraged.

 Fair Housing Laws

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 and Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 prohibits discrimination in housing because of:

  • Race or color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people security custody of children under 18)
  • Disability 

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 and Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 are federal fair housing laws that prohibit discrimination in all aspects of housing, including the sale, rental, lease or negotiation for real property.  For further information regarding federal Fair Housing laws please visit the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website at http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/FHLaws/

Purpose of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)

Through the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs, among other state and local programs, the City of Long Beach works to provide a decent living environment for all.  Pursuant to CDBG regulations [24 CFR Subtitle A §91.225(a)(1)], to receive CDBG funds the City must certify that it “actively furthers fair housing choice” through the following:

  • Completion of an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI);
  • Actions to eliminate identified impediments; and
  •  Maintenance of fair housing records.

This report, the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (commonly known as the “AI”), presents a demographic profile of the City of Long Beach, assesses the extent of housing needs among specific income groups, and evaluates the availability of a range of housing choices for residents. This report also analyzes the conditions in the private market and public sector that may limit the range of housing choices or impede a person’s access to housing. As the name of the report suggests the document reviews “impediments” to fair housing. While this report also assesses the nature and extent of housing discrimination, the focus is on identifying impediments that may prevent equal housing access and developing solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments.

Impediments Defined

Within the legal framework of federal and state laws and based on the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Planning Guide, impediments to fair housing choice can be defined as:

·         Any actions, omissions, or decisions taken because of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, source of income which restrict housing choices or the availability of housing choices; or

·         Any actions, omissions, or decisions which have the effect of restricting housing choices or the availability of housing choices on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, source of income.

For further information about affirmatively furthering fair housing please visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/promotingfh.cfm

To download the entire City of Long Beach draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) document please 

To provide your input for consideration of the City of Long Beach draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) document please click here.

A hard copy of the City of Long Beach draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Neighborhood Services Bureau, 444 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 1700, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Community Development Department, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), 425 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90813

To obtain a copy of the report or to request this information in an alternative format please contact Suzan Simaan at (562)570-5087.

The City of Long Beach will be conducting public outreach to various community meetings throughout the city between February 24, 2010 to March 31, 2010.  To view the draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) public outreach calendar, please click here.

Translation of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice document into Spanish and Khmer is available.

El documento “Analysis de Impedimentos referentes a la Selección de Vivienda Equitativa” sera disponible en Español y Khmer.

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( Please click here to view the Draft AI )