Fair Housing Task Force

Analysis Of Impediments To Fair Housing Choice: A Workshop
March 19, 1999,    Canton, NY
Breakout Session  1
Discussion and Voting Results

GROUP 1

  1. Lack of choice for mentally ill on discharge from facility (10 votes)
  2. - Need for small, group homes (6-12) and continuum of facilities and programs  
  3. Low incomes put housing choice out of reach (8 votes)
  4.  
  5. Racial prejudice vs African Americans (6 votes)
  6.  
  7. Prejudice vs mixed-race couples
  8.  
  9. Lack of public transport to jobs, etc. (5 votes)
  10.  
  11. Lack of apartments for families with 3-4 kids (6 votes)
  12.  
  13. Lack of money
  14.  
  15. Long wait for apartments is discouraging (Section 8)
  16.  
  17. (Subtle) discrimination vs single female with kids (5 votes)
  18.  
  19. "Social" discrimination vs the disabled in senior/disabled projects (2 votes)
  20.  
  21. Discrimination against families with infants
  22.  
  23. Redlining on mortgages for Hispanic applicants (3 votes)
  24.  
  25. Discrimination vs students by segregating them into one area in an apartment complex
  26.  
  27. Parking is a problem for multiple student occupants of an apartment


GROUP 2

  1.  Need more housing for mentally ill (4 votes)
  2. - Group homes  
  3. Education to everyone. (12 votes)
  4. - Landlords - Tenants - General public - Government agencies  
  5. Government Regulations - Rental Inspections - Need more
  6.  
  7. Handicap Access/ADA (3 votes)
  8.  
  9. Affordability - Discrimination (9 votes)
  10. - Low Income - Those that rent to low income without fixing up apartment - Those that won’t rent  
  11. Social Services allowance for rent too low also security deposits (4 votes)
  12.  
  13. Discrimination - rental to students (1 vote)
  14.  
  15. Transportation to rental units (1 vote)


GROUP 3

  1. Substandard housing conditions (14 votes)
  2.  
  3. Supportive Housing MICA/MI (14 votes)
  4.  
  5. Labels on appliances, thermostats, etc.
  6. - Large Print Braille  
  7. Handicapped Access (1 vote)
  8.  
  9. Hidden Black-List
  10. - Problem tenants (rent, upkeep, etc. welfare, gender)  
  11. Diversity Issues (2 votes)
  12.  
  13. Special Needs Pop. (2 votes)
  14. - Handicapped, domestic violence, elderly  
  15. Low Income Stigma (11 votes)
  16.  
  17. Department of Social Services Sanctioning
  18.  
  19. Support programs lacking funds (4 votes)
  20.  
  21. Education re: programs available (8 votes)
  22. - County Planning - Churches

GROUP 4

  1.  Not enough housing for mentally ill (SPMI) (11 votes)
  2.  
  3. Retirement income too high
  4.  
  5. Overall income levels too high for housing programs (1 vote)
  6.  
  7. Have to look at each circumstance
  8.  
  9. Physical access problems (ramps etc., adaptations) (4 votes)
  10.  
  11. Public education of rehab programs
  12.  
  13. Department of Social Services red tape (5 votes)
  14. - Rework education process

GROUP 5

  1. Public assistance recipient (1 vote)
  2. - Typecasting - More renovation - "Beggars can’t be choosers"  
  3. Down payment costs (20%)
  4. - Local economy  
  5. Groups/Clubs (1 vote)
  6. - Only certain folks allowed  
  7. No Kids
  8. - Families have little access to affordable/appropriate space  
  9. Students discriminated against with respect to maintenance
  10.  
  11. Institutional impediments
  12. - Zoning - Building code requirements - Changing terms - Non-traditional families  
  13. No protection for equal rights by sexual orientation (8 votes)
  14. - Non-traditional families  
  15. Lack of understanding on part of landlords or neighbors (2 votes)


GROUP 6

  1. Pre-1990 housing generally not accessible to disabled and elderly (2 votes)
  2.  
  3. Deposit is a challenge for public assistance recipients and fixed-income persons (SSI) (4 votes)
  4.  
  5. Too few subsidized units for mentally handicapped and/or with dependents (3 votes)
  6.  
  7. Credit checks can cause refusals (2 votes)
  8.  
  9. Prevailing rent > public assistance subsidy (1 vote)
  10.  
  11. Public assistance rules should allow ownership
  12.  
  13. Grants don’t apply to people in need (loopholes) (2 votes)
  14.  
  15. Need more units for elderly and assisted living (7 votes)
  16.  
  17. Social environment in low-cost housing projects not conducive to recovery (1 vote)
  18.  
  19. Transportation inadequate to/from shopping, services (3 votes)
  20.  
  21. Not enough community awareness of people with special needs
  22.  
  23. Zoning needs examination
  24.  
  25. Education on housing programs, choices - need publicity (7 votes)
  26.  
  27. Rental rights in excess for security deposit, landowner responsibilities, grievances
  28.  
  29. Ownership floor plan for mentally ill (1 vote)




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