Assessment of Fair Housing

In collaboration with the US Housing and Urban Development agency, the CIty of Burlington conducted an assessment of impediments to fair housing. This assessment process was an effort to analyze the local fair housing landscape and set fair housing priorities and goals through an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). There are four main fair housing issues the City reviewed:

  1. Patterns of integration and segregation;
  2. Racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty;
  3. Disparities in access to opportunity; and
  4. Disproportionate housing needs.


The assessment process began with the provision of data, guidance, and an assessment tool to help the City and its partners identify fair housing issues and related contributing factors in their jurisdiction and region. The City and its partners set goals to overcome fair housing issues and related contributing factors. The goals informed subsequent housing and community development planning processes.

This assessment was designed to improve community planning in order to overcome fair housing issues. The process highlighted inclusive community participation and resulted in the setting of fair housing goals to increase fair housing choice and provide equal access to opportunity for all community members. The City and its partners plan to use the fair housing goals and priorities established in their AFH to inform the investments and other decisions made in their local planning processes.

We encourage the community members to review the materials listed on this page: past and current City documents, the AFFH mapping tool, and results from our Fair Housing survey to better understand the fair housing challenges that face Burlington and its neighbors.

Assessment of Fair Housing 


The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) is a legal requirement that the City and the Burlington and Winooski Housing Authorities must complete in order to continue receiving federal housing and community development funding from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The AFH includes an analysis of fair housing data, an assessment of housing issues and contributing factors, and identification of fair housing priorities and goals specific to Burlington, Winooski and surrounding areas. Examples of fair housing issues include local and regional demographics related to segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, access to opportunity, disproportionate housing need, publicly supported housing, accesses to housing by persons with disabilities, and fair housing enforcement. Please find the approved AFH here.  Questions can be addressed to Marcy Esbjerg at the City of Burlington, or 865-7171.



AFFH Mapping Tool

Fair Housing Survey