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In support of the Thrive MSP 2040 initiative, the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) seeks to answer key questions related to opportunity within our region.

Key questions include:

  • Racially Concentrated Areas of Poverty are areas where more than 50 percent of the residents are people of color and more than 40 percent of the residents are poor. What is opportunity? Access to jobs and good schools? To clean and safe neighborhoods? To social services, basic necessities and amenities?

  • How are opportunities distributed across the region? Can all residents, especially those who live in racially concentrated areas of poverty (RCAPs), access these opportunities equally regardless of their race and income?

  • How can we structure the region’s public investments to make sure all residents can access opportunities?

A key element of this assessment is the information about racially concentrated areas of poverty (RCAPS) in the seven-county metro area. How should the region plan to address these concerns?

For more information, view the draft data assessment published in June 2013.


How could our region's policies or investments improve the lives of people living in racially segregated, high-poverty neighborhoods?

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What are the barriers that limit people choices in deciding where they want to live?

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The Fair Housing and Equity Assessment process is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Sustainable Communities program. It is fundamentally about providing insight into the disparate burdens and benefits experienced by groups in our region, as it relates to the community planning process. Housing is an important component of this discussion, but not the only one. Read more about the program from HUD.

The Council has begun this process and released a draft data chapter in June. Does the draft data analysis include the right information? Is anything missing? As the Council works to complete the FHEA this year, what else should it address?

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