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As part of the process to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for the Together North Jersey planning region, the Project Team will work with the Together North Jersey Steering Committee and Standing Committees to conduct a Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA).
The FHEA will provide an analysis of segregation, racial and ethnic concentrations of poverty, access to areas of high “opportunity,” distribution of planned and recent infrastructure investments, and other regulatory and private market barriers to fair housing choice. Our approach will include data analysis, a deliberative process that considers the finding of the analysis and a “bridge” to implementation that will include the identification and integration of strategies and actions designed to address regional disparities in fair housing and access to opportunity as part of the Together North Jersey RPSD. The FHEA will be guided by an Advisory Group of Together North Jersey members, housing experts and equity stakeholders.
Activity 1: Data Analysis – This activity will be conducted concurrently with the “Discovery” phase of the planning process. It will focus on assessing existing conditions and trends by answering the questions: Where are we now? Where are we heading? The Together North Jersey Project Team will collect and analyze the region’s baseline demographics from a fair housing and regional equity lens, utilizing regional level and geospatial datasets.
The analysis will include a demographic profile and mapping of “communities of concern” and identify patterns of segregation/integration, concentrations of poverty and disparities in “access to opportunity” in the region. In addition to geospatial data analysis, the Project Team will collect and analyze data and information related to Fair Housing Act compliance in the region and examine how non-housing investments in regional infrastructure may have in the past, or could in the future, impact equity and access to opportunity. The data and analysis results will be compiled into a FHEA Analysis Report.
Activity 2: Deliberation – This activity will be conducted during the “Discovery” and “Visioning” phases of the planning process. It will focus on defining how “access to opportunity” should be measured in the region; identifying the “drivers” of segregation and integration in the region; disseminating the results of the data analysis; fostering deliberative discussions about what the results findings mean for the region; and considering what can be done to address the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities identified in the analysis. The deliberative discussions will occur in a variety of forums, including: the Together North Jersey Steering
Committee and Standing Committees; up to three FHEA regional workshops and between 7 and 10 neighborhood/community scale workshops conducted by the recipients of NGO Micro-grants. The community scale workshops will be targeted to populations traditional underrepresented in regional planning initiatives. Finally, Together North Jersey project team member Building One New Jersey will incorporate FHEA discussions into the agenda for three “Local District Council” events to be conducted in 2013.
Activity 3: Decision-making – This activity will be conducting during the “Action Planning” phase of the planning process and will focus on creating a “bridge” from data analysis and deliberation to implementation. As part of this activity, the project team will work with the Together North Jersey Steering and Standing Committees to identify and integrate strategies and actions designed to address regional disparities in fair housing and access to opportunity as part of the Together North Jersey RPSD.
You can view an overview presentation of the FHEA process here (PDF).