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Planning & Urban Development

Posted on: February 11, 2022

Cumberland County HOME Consortium Launches Fair Housing Study

Newsflash 2022

The Cumberland County HOME Consortium (CCHC) is launching an analysis of fair housing issues in the greater Portland region, beginning this month. This analysis will help identify current impediments to fair housing choice in the private and public housing sectors and will identify appropriate strategies to remedy these impediments throughout Cumberland County and the region. The CCHC membership includes 25 small cities and towns that participate in HUD funded programs through the County, as well as the Town of Brunswick and the City of Portland.

The survey will help identify public and private sector factors that may create barriers to housing choice and access to economic opportunity throughout the county, and will be open to all Cumberland County residents. Low income residents, members of protected classes, and county residents experiencing housing barriers are encouraged to participate. The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese, and Somali; respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. 

The survey can be found at www.research.net/r/CumberlandCounty2021AI until March 15, 2022.

The survey results will inform the region’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing report (AI)—which will ensure that the region continues to receive valuable funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

CCHC is working with Root Policy Research, a woman-owned housing policy consulting firm based in Denver, CO, to prepare the study. Please contact Heidi McCarthy with questions or to learn more: hmccarthy@portlandmaine.gov or 207-756-8089.

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