Impediments to Fair Housing

The City of East Lansing updated its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in 2023. The Analysis of Impediments is a review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice.

Identified Impediments

Impediments to fair housing choice are defined as any actions, omissions or decisions that restrict the availability of housing choices based on:

  • Color
  • Disability
  • Familial status
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Student status

It covers public and private policies and practices and procedures affecting housing choice.

Fair Housing Certification

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires all entitlement communities, including East Lansing, to certify that they affirmatively further fair housing. Certification includes conducting an analysis of impediments, taking appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments and maintaining records reflecting the analysis and actions taken.

Staff worked with a consultant to collect and analyze demographic, economic, transportation, and housing data, housing discrimination complaints and conducted community workshops and phone interviews to gather citizen’s opinions on fair housing choice in East Lansing.

Current Analysis

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing is a thorough analysis of current barriers and challenges to fair housing choice in East Lansing:

Fair Housing Laws