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2021-2022 Regional Fair Housing Survey

Survey on Fair Housing Discrimination and Barriers to Housing Affordability

Thank you for answering these survey questions about your experience finding a place to live in the DC area. Your answers are anonymous – we won’t know your name or any other information about you.

We’re the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. We’ve been asked by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to find out about the problems people face when looking for housing. HUD uses this information to make sure everyone in and around DC has a chance to live in a safe and affordable home.

Please fill out this survey ONLY if you live or work in one of these areas:
  • The District of Columbia
  • Montgomery County
  • Arlington County
  • Fairfax County
  • Loudoun County
  • Prince William County
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Gaithersburg, MD
At the end of the survey, you can read more about who we are and the types of issues we’re looking into.
1. Do you think it’s easy to find affordable housing that’s in good condition and safe to live in? Affordable means you spend less than 30% of your household take home pay on their rent or mortgage. 
2. If you answered no, why? Pick your top 3 reasons.
3. Have you faced housing discrimination? In other words, you haven’t gotten housing because of your race, age, sexual orientation, etc.?
4. If you or someone you know faced housing discrimination, what do you think was the reason?
5. Who discriminated against you or the person you know?
6. Did you report the discrimination to anyone? For example, HUD, state or county agency or a nonprofit fair housing organization.
7. If you didn’t report the discrimination, why not?
8. We’d like to know about you. Remember, all answers are confidential. We won’t know your name or any other personal information.

I Live in:

9. I work in:
10. What type of home do you live in?
11. How do you pay for your housing?
12. I identify as:
13. Are you Hispanic or Latino?