Fair housing study findings to be released

By Mike Sever | staff writer Published:

Portage County residents will get a look at the preliminary findings of a study of fair housing throughout 12 counties in Northeast Ohio this Thursday morning.

Preliminary findings of the study, known as the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, will be released locally at a 9:30 a.m. public forum at the Portage County Regional Planning Commission, 124 N. Prospect St., Ravenna.

Jeff Anderle, a spokesman for the group doing the study, said meeting will present specifics on Portage County and how it compares to the rest of the region.

"The meeting will be a chance for residents of Portage County to look at the preliminary information and give feedback on what they feel about the study and fair housing," Anderle said.

Residents are invited to offer their opinions and suggestions on how to eliminate obstacles to fair housing choice.

The study will touch on economics, employment rates, census and poverty statistics, small business lending and public transportation among other factors.

The study is being conducted by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium. It covers a 12-county area from Ashtabula, Cuyahoga and Lake counties south to Mahoning, Stark and Trumbull counties.

The study is part of NEOSCC's VibrantNEO Initiative, which focuses on advancing the 12-county region in today's economic climate and stretched resources, with the goal of bettering the quality of life, connecting communities, welcoming diversity, restoring and protecting natural resources and creating a competitive economic framework for the vitality of the region.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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  • "advancing the 12-county region in today's economic climate and stretched resources, with the goal of bettering the quality of life, connecting communities, welcoming diversity, restoring and protecting natural resources and creating a competitive economic framework for the vitality of the region....Apparently whoever these people are, I think they want to lump us all together, and the people are going to get screwed.

  • I'm not sure why there is all this fuss about fair housing. Who wants to live at the fair? It is only a week long.