The City of Providence is committed to fair housing and equal opportunity for all citizens.
It is against state and federal law to discriminate in the…
• Financing of a purchase
• Financing of repairs; and
• Financing of services
…of housing to someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status (children under 18), disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or status as a victim of domestic violence.
If you think your banker, landlord, or realtor has discriminated against you, you have been unjustly evicted or harassed, or if you would like to learn more about fair housing laws, please contact the City’s Fair Housing Liaison and Director of the Human Relations Commission Jen Stevens at 401-421-2489 ext. 5494.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) final rule was released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in July 2015, to equip communities that receive HUD funding with the data and tools that will help them to meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds.
Established in the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the law directs HUD and its program participants (such as the City of Providence) to affirmatively further the Act’s goals of promoting fair housing and equal opportunity. HUD’s rule clarifies and simplifies existing fair housing obligations for HUD grantees to analyze their fair housing landscape and set locally-determined fair housing priorities and goals through an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH).
To aid communities in this work, HUD will provide open data to grantees and the public on patterns of integration and segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, disproportionate housing needs, and disparities in access to opportunity. This improved approach provides a better mechanism for HUD grantees, including the City of Providence, to build fair housing goals into their existing community development and housing planning processes, as well as guide their federal resources towards projects that further such goals.
Starting in late 2017, the City of Providence will be engaging in an extensive analysis of its fair housing needs through preparation of its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Plan. Stay tuned for notices of public meetings and ways for citizens to participate on the development of this AFFH Plan.
A regional fair housing analysis (including Providence) is available here:
More information on HUD’s AFFH final rule can be found at:
Federal Housing Administration
The Federal Housing Administration, generally known as “FHA,” provides mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved lenders throughout the United States and its territories. FHA insures mortgages on single family and multifamily homes including manufactured homes and hospitals. It is the largest insurer of mortgages in the world, insuring over 34 million properties since its inception in 1934.
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. When contracts funded with federal funds (such as road or park construction) trigger the need to hire new workers, all contractors are instructed in their contract documents to give priority in any new hiring to low-income locals.
The City of Providence’s HUD-funded programs and projects also routinely seek bidders for construction, architectural, consulting, and deleading projects. You may receive preference in bidding if you are a qualified Section 3 business, or a registered Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
Section 504 provides that no qualified individual with a disability should, only by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The City of Providence provides equal access to its services and offices. Services animals are welcome in its public facilities, and a TTY phone line (680-5220) is available for the hearing and/or speech impaired. Click here for more information.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
The City of Providence provides translation services in 19 languages for its website, and will provide translation services for public hearings for any request made with at least 48 hour notice.
The City is currently conducting an analysis of its services to the Limited English Proficient (LEP), and will generate a comprehensive report with activities that can be conducted to increase accessibility to City facilities, services, and information for individuals who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English.