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City looking for public feedback on fair housing in Alexandria

The city is looking for public feedback on fair housing in Alexandria, with plans to incorporate that feedback into a larger effort to secure federal funds to make housing more equitable in the city and its neighbors.

Fair housing, in this context, refers to the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibits the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. The meeting will gather public responses to see what difficulties or barriers still exist in regard to fair housing in Alexandria.

The feedback from the meeting will be going into the Regional Housing Equity Plan — a region-wide analysis of the effectiveness of fair housing policy. The forum will be virtual and is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Attendees must register online.

A press release from the city said the program is being organized with the Urban Institute and the Ochoa Urban Collaborative and will include data on existing housing and demographic conditions in the city.

“Participants can join breakout sessions and discuss specific fair housing issues and their effects on communities. Information gathered from this public meeting will be used to develop the Regional Housing Equity Plan,” the press release said. “This plan is intended to help direct federal funds to make housing more equitable and accessible for individuals and families in Alexandria and neighboring jurisdictions.”

The plan is being put together by the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Montgomery County and D.C., with similar forums scheduled for the city’s various neighbors. The press release said the plan is being designed in an effort to ensure that local fair housing goals are consistent with neighbors and more likely to be effective.

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