Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Overview of Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
The State of Texas, in its Consolidated Plan, certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it will affirmatively further fair housing. TDHCA, as the lead affordable housing agency for the State of Texas, periodically prepares an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) for submission to HUD. The topics that are analyzed: demographic data, policies, and practices, shape circumstances that influence the abilities of low-income households to secure decent, safe, and affordable housing. The AI may examine actions, omissions, or decisions based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin that may directly or indirectly restrict fair housing choices.
TDHCA has updated the State’s AI in two phases, known as Phase 1 and Phase 2. The first phase was approved by HUD on May 13, 2011 and addressed a limited geographic area of the state affected by hurricanes Ike and Dolly. Phase 1 identified 16 impediments to fair housing choice in four categories: education, training, planning, and enforcement. Preliminary work on Phase 2 began in late 2011 and in-depth research and widespread outreach occurred statewide throughout 2012. The scope of work for Phase 2 requires the development of a plan that is cohesive with Phase 1, so that they work together as two parts for a whole AI for the state of Texas.
Phase 2 is now available in draft form, and public hearings were held throughout the State in Austin, Fort Worth, Midland, Nacogdoches, and Harlingen during July and August.
The 45-day public comment period began Friday, July 5 and ended Monday, August 19.