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May 26th, 2010
City conducts fair housing survey

STAFF REPORT

A fair housing survey is being conducted by the City of San Marcos by mail and online, seeking input from 6,000 residents who have made new utility connections in the past 12 months. The survey continues until the end of May.

“We encourage people who have moved into San Marcos, moved from one location to another or had other housing activities to participate in the survey,” said Community Initiatives Administrator Janis Hendrix. “Our goal is to evaluate the status of fair housing in San Marcos by letting residents share their housing experiences with us in an anonymous, survey format.”

The survey is accessible at surveymonkey.com/s/fairhousingsurvey. Also, around 400 surveys were mailed to a random selection of the 6,000 residents who had new utility connections in San Marcos.

The survey asks participants if they were guided to certain neighborhoods and if they were treated fairly or unfairly. If they were treated unfairly, the survey asks if the residents filed a complaints and if their situations were resolved to their satisfaction.

Federal law prohibits discrimination in renting or buying a home on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or disability.

Fair Housing Act information is available online at the Department of Housing and Urban Development at hud.gov under the topic area of “housing discrimination.” Complaints of housing discrimination may be filed online at the HUD website, by mail or by calling (800)-669-9777.

For San Marcos information about fair housing or the survey, contact Hendrix at (512) 393-8147.

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