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2021 Fair Housing Survey

Survey on Fair Housing Discrimination and Barriers to Housing Affordability

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in conjunction with six area jurisdictions are conducting a Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The eight jurisdictions include:  the District of Columbia; Montgomery County and the City of Gaithersburg in Maryland; and Arlington County, Fairfax County,  Loudoun County, Prince William County, and the City of Alexandria in Virginia.  This process is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is intended to identify barriers to housing in the community and to create ways to expand housing opportunities including but not limited to the following:
  • Racial and ethnic segregation, including segregated, concentrated areas of poverty;
  • Gentrification and displacement of residents from their communities;
  • Barriers for people with disabilities; 
  • Zoning regulations that limit housing types and price points; 
  • Fair housing enforcement;
  • Housing challenges faced by families or senior citizens;
  • And, access to communities with high quality schools, good jobs, and public transportation; 

Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your thoughts! Your participation is appreciated, and your answers and comments will remain anonymous.
1. Do  you find it easy to find affordable and decent housing? “Affordable” means a person spends less than 30% of their gross household income on rent or a mortgage payment. “Decent” means the housing unit is not in poor condition and it is free from environmental hazards or other issues that compromise life safety.
2. If no, what are the main obstacles to accessing affordable and decent housing, besides the general cost of the housing? Select your top three reasons.
3. Have you or someone you know encountered housing discrimination?
4. If someone discriminated against you or someone you know, what do you believe was the basis of the discrimination? Check the one answer that applies most to the situation.
5. Who discriminated against you and/or the person you know?
6. Was the incident reported to anyone (e.g., HUD, state, county, or non-profit fair housing agency or organization)?
7. If the incident was not reported, why not?
8. Let's learn a little more about you! (Remember - all answers will be kept confidential.) 

I am a resident of and/or work in:
9. Which of the following best describes the type of place you live in?
10. Do you currently rent your home, own your home, or are you experiencing  another housing situation?
11. I identify as:
12. Are you Hispanic or Latino