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					SECTION II. COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is a requirement of the
Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. However, the information
presented herein represents a technical update to the 2003 AI, with the research activities
reported in this volume occurring outside the five-year Consolidated Planning cycle.
Therefore, the advantages of teaming with the much larger Citizen Involvement Plan
designed for the five-year Consolidated Plan were absent. Consequently, the level of
community outreach budgeted for this 2006 AI Update was, by necessity, smaller than
typically seen during preparation of the five-year Consolidated Plan.

Still, the community outreach and public involvement conducted for the 2006 AI did
involve three important activities: telephone interviews with key stakeholders in the Los
Angeles Urban County, a survey of all 46 participating jurisdictions in the Urban County,
and a series of five public Fair Housing Forums, with the latter public meetings held in
each of the five Supervisorial Districts. Additional details about these community outreach
activities are presented below.

THE 2006 FAIR HOUSING INTERVIEWS

The CDC selected a list of key stakeholders to participate in the 2006 Fair Housing
Interviews. The list included elected officials, representatives of state and local government,
as well as community based organizations and activists. Prospective participants were also
drawn from experts in areas such as residential and commercial building codes and
regulations; state, local, and federal occupancy standards; residential health and safety
codes and regulations (structural, water & sewer); state tax law and low income tax
waivers; state and local land use planning; banking and insurance laws and regulations;
real estate development; real estate sales and management; renter rights and obligations;
civil rights, fair housing, disability, social service, and other advocacy organizations; and
similar housing providers. The initial solicitation list is presented in Exhibit II.1, on the
following two pages.

Then, in mid-April of 2006, Ms. Terry Gonzalez, the Director of the Community
Development Block Grant Division at the CDC, sent each prospective respondent on the
stakeholder list a letter introducing the 2006 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
Choice Study. The letter described the types of information being sought and guaranteed
anonymity for each respondent. The letter also discussed the purpose of the study, what
would be examined, and why the respondent’s participation was important.

Within one week of respondent receipt of the letter from Ms. Gonzalez, the interviews
were initiated. The interview was a blend of both closed and open-ended questions,
inquiring about knowledge of fair housing law, protected classes, and concerns about fair
housing in the Los Angeles Urban County.




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                                                 EXHIBIT II.1.a.
                                       2006 FAIR HOUSING INTERVIEWS
                                                   AGENCIES CONTACTED
10 10 Development Corp.                                      City of Los Angeles Housing Authority
A Community of Friends                                       City of Los Angeles Housing Department
Ability First                                                City of Norwalk
Access Community Housing, Inc.                               City of Paramount
ACORN                                                        City of Pasadena
ACORN                                                        City of Pico Rivera
ACORN Housing Corp.                                          City of Pomona
Advanced Development & Investment, Inc.                      City of Redondo Beach Housing Authority
Affordable Housing Services                                  City of Santa Fe Springs
African American Clergy, Community & Labor Alliance          City of Santa Monica Housing Authority
AGENDA                                                       City of So. Gate
Aikenhead, Cipes & Supanich                                  City of Torrance Housing Authority
Alpha Construction Co. Inc.                                  City of W. Hollywood
Alternative Living for the Aging                             Clergy & Laity United for Equality (CLUE)
AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc.                                    Coalition for Economic Survival
Anderson & Anderson LLP                                      Coalition for Human Immigrants' Rights of Los Angeles
ANR Homes                                                    Coalition LA
ARCS Commercial Mortgage Co., LP                             Communidad Cambria
Area Commission on Aging                                     Communities for a Better Environment
Asian Pacific American Legal Center                          Community Coalition
Atkinson, Andelson, Loy, Ruud & Romo                         Community Corporation of Santa Monica
Avector Community Housing Inc.                               Community Development Agency, Inc.
Baker Street Associates, LLC                                 Community Housing Management Services
Bank of America                                              Community Partnership Development Corp.
Beacon Housing                                               Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles
Bet Tzedek Legal Services                                    Cooperative Services, Inc.
Beyond Shelter Housing Development Corp.                     Corporation for Supportive Housing
Bingham McCutchen                                            Corridor Economic Development Corp.
Binney, Chase & Van Home, Inc.                               Countrywide Home Loans
CA Real Estate Services                                      Covenant Community Development Corp.
California Agency for Business, Transportation & Housing     Cox, Castle & Nicholson
California Association of Nonprofits                         DE Architects AIA
California Association of Realtors                           Dept. of Housing & Community Development
California Community Economic Development Association        Disabled Resource Center
California Community Reinvestment Corp.                      Downey Savings
California Department of Fair Employment & Housing           Downtown Women's Center
California Equity Fund                                       Drew Economic Development Corp.
California First Management Associates                       Dreyfuss Construction
California Housing Partnership Corp.                         Dunbar Economic Development Corp.
Canaan Housing Corp.                                         Eagle Vision Housing Development Corp.
Carde-Ten Architects                                         East LA Community Corp.
CDC/Housing Authority-Assisted Housing                       East San Gabriel Valley Consortium/LA Works
Center for Community & Family Services, Inc.                 Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center
Center For Community Change                                  Economic Resources Corp.
Center For Nonprofit Management                              El Centro del Pueblo
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)                   El Pueblo Community Development Corp.
Century Center for Economic Opportunity                      El Rescate
Century Housing                                              Ellias Construction Company, Inc.
Charo Housing Development Corp.                              Enterprise Foundation
Charter House                                                Esperanza Community Housing Corp.
Chinatown Service Center                                     Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley
CitiMortgage/Citbank                                         Fair Housing Foundation
City of Baldwin Park Housing Authority                       Faith Housing Corp.
City of Burbank                                              Family Housing, IHFSC
City of Culver City                                          Family Renewal Development Center, Inc.
City of Glendale Community Development & Housing             Fannie Mae Foundation
City of Hawaiian Gardens                                     Fannie Mae LA Partnership Office
City of Lakewood                                             Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Los Angeles Branch)
City of Lawndale                                             Filipino American Service Center
City of Lomita                                               Foundation for Quality Housing Opportunities, Inc.
City of Long Beach Housing Authority                         Friends Research Institute
Gateway Community Development Corp.                          Multicultural Collaborative
Gateway Community Housing Corp.                              Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change
GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp.                               Nancy Lewis Associates, Inc.
Gramercy Housing Group                                       National Association of Latino Elected Officials




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                                                   EXHIBIT II.1.b
                                        2006 FAIR HOUSING INTERVIEWS
                                                    AGENCIES CONTACTED
Habitat for Humanity SF/SC Valleys                            National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach                     Neighborhood Economic & Educational Development
Hawthorne Housing Authority                                   New Directions, Inc.
Heritage Housing Partners                                     New Economics for Women
Hermandad Mexicana Nacional                                   Newman & Associates, Inc.
Hillview Mental Health Center, Inc./Valley Housing Foundation Oldtimers Foundation
Hollywood Community Housing Corp.                             ONE LA-IAF
Hollywood Interfaith Sponsoring Committee                     Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)
Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP                              Pacoima Beautiful
Home Ownership Made Easy (HOME)                               Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services
HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura                                   Pat Brown Institute
Homes for Life Foundation                                     Portals House
Hope-Net                                                      POWER
Housing Opportunity Management & Education Corp.              Preservation Partners
Housing Rights Center                                         Project New Hope
HRH/Professional Practice Insurance Brokers                   Protection & Adovocacy Inc.
HUD Los Angeles                                               Public Allies-Los Angeles
Inclusive Homes, Inc.                                         Public Counsel Law Center
Indy Mac Bank                                                 Pugh Scarpa Kodama Associates
Inglewood Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.                 Ralph Mechur Architects
Inner City Law Center                                         Residential Revitalization Corp.
Inquilinos Unidos                                             Riverbank Development
Interpersonal Development Facilitators Inc.                   San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services
Jewish Federation                                             San Gabriel Pomona Valley Housing Coalition
Killefer Flammang Architects                                  Second Samoan Congregational Church
LA Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)                         Serra Ancillary Care Corp.
LAMP Community                                                Shelter Partnership, Inc.
Lanterman Regional Center                                     SIPA
Latin American Civic Association                              Skid Row Housing Trust
Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach                            So. California Association of Non-Profit Housing
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles                           Sober Living Network
Levine Management Group, Inc.                                 Southeast Community Housing Development Corp.
Life Steps Foundation, Inc.                                   Southern California Association of Governments
LINC Housing Corp.                                            Southern California Center for Home Ownership
Lincoln Place Tenants Association                             Southern California Presbyterian Homes
Little Tokyo Service Center CDC                               SRO Housing Corp.
Livable Places                                                Strategic Action for a Just Economy (SAJE)
Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition, Inc.                 Student Coalition for Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Long Beach Homeless Services                                  TELACU Residential Management
Los Angeles Coalition To End Hunger & Homelessness            Thai Community Development Center
Los Angeles Community Action Network                          The Blazers
Los Angeles Community Design Center                           Thomas Safran & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services              Trust for Public Land
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.                 UCLA Advanced Policy Institute
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor                        United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Emergency Food & Shelter Program                  United Friends of the Children
Los Angeles Family Housing Corp.                              United States Veterans Initiative
Los Angeles Housing Law Project                               United Way of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc.                         Upward Bound House
Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services                     Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corp.
LA/Orange County Building & Constr. Trades Cncil, AFL-CIO     Volunteers of America/No. Hollywood Apts.
Low Income Investment Fund                                    W. Hollywood Community Housing Corp.
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California               Watts Labor Community Action Committee
Menorah Housing Foundation                                    Weingart Center Association
Mental Health Advocacy Services                               West Angeles Community Development Corp.
Mental Health Association of Los Angeles County               Western Center on Law & Poverty
Montebello Housing Development Corp.                          Willow Partners, LLC
Mothers of East Los Angeles




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The interview process requested knowledge of violations of fair housing law, situations in
which discrimination was exhibited, and the respondent’s sense of barriers or constraints
on affirmatively furthering fair housing, including their knowledge and understanding of
state and local policies that may inhibit affirmatively furthering fair housing. Each
respondent was asked about the level and quality of fair housing services needed in the
Urban County, specifically targeting the needs for education, outreach, testing, and
enforcement. The findings of these surveys have proved to be both useful and insightful.

THE 2006 FAIR HOUSING SURVEY OF PARTICIPATING JURISDICTIONS

The CDC implemented a survey of planning and zoning codes in all 46 participating
jurisdictions, as it pertains to the geographic areas defined by the Urban County. This
particular survey instrument was designed to focus specifically on zoning and planning
codes, land use and zoning regulations, and practices and procedures that may act as
barriers to the development, siting, and use of housing for individuals with disabilities.

The survey was sent via email to the zoning and planning departments of the participating
jurisdictions. While results are presented in Section VI of this document, it is evident that
significant and solid improvements in affirmatively furthering fair housing, particularly for
individuals with disabilities, have been made by these units of local government since the
last survey of this type was conducted three years ago.

THE 2006 FAIR HOUSING FORUMS

An additional component to the community outreach efforts included a set of public input
meetings, one in each of the Urban County’s Supervisorial Districts. Entitled the 2006 Fair
Housing Forums, these meetings were designed
to present to the public preliminary findings of
quantitative and qualitative research. This
presentation was approximately 60 minutes in
length. These meetings gave interested parties an
opportunity to offer perspective and commentary
about their own personal views of fair housing
and what the CDC and participating jurisdictions
should be doing to better affirmatively further
fair housing. For those meetings receiving
substantive comment, the public input was
recorded. This and the sign-up sheets form part
of the permanent record of the proceedings.

While these forums were not advertised in mass
media publications, many people were invited
to attend. The invitations involved verbal contact
during each of the completed 2006 Fair Housing
Interviews. Respondents were alerted to the scheduled Forums and sent a flyer announcing
the meeting locations and times. Another set of over 100 entities were contacted, asked to
post the flyer at their offices, and were encouraged to attend. A list of the entities contacted
for this effort is presented in Exhibit II.2, on the following page.
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                                                  EXHIBIT II.2
                                        2006 FAIR HOUSING FORUMS
                                   CITY, COUNTY, AND ADDITIONAL AGENCIES CONTACTED
      Additional Agencies                                          Cities and County Agencies
      (N.A.T.H.A.) Neighbors Acting Together Helping All           City of Agoura Hills
      1736 Family Crisis Center                                    City of Arcadia
      African Community Resource Center, Inc.                      City of Artesia
      Alternative Living for the Aging                             City of Avalon
      Antelope Valley Child Abuse Center                           City of Azusa
      Antelope Valley Hospital District                            City of Bell
      Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.                      City of Bell Gardens
      Asian Youth Center                                           City of Beverly Hills
      Association of Soviet Jewish Emigres, Inc.                   City of Bradbury
      Avalon Multipurpose Center                                   City of Calabasas
      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles              City of Cerritos
      Campfire USA - Mt. San Antonio Council                       City of Claremont
      Center for Community and Family Services                     City of Commerce
      Century Villages at Cabrillo, Inc.                           City of Covina
      Creative Experience Educational Center, Inc.                 City of Cudahy
      David and Margaret Home                                      City of Culver City
      East Valley Community Health Center, Inc.                    City of Diamond Bar
      Florence/Firestone Chamber of Commerce                       City of Duarte
      Foothill Unity Center, Inc.                                  City of El Segundo
      Friends Outside in Los Angeles County, Inc.                  City of Hawaiian Gardens
      Greater La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels                     City of Hermosa Beach
      Housing Rights Center                                        City of Irwindale
      Human Services Association                                   City of La Canada Flintridge
      Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles                         City of La Habra Heights
      Junior Blind of America                                      City of La Mirada
      Kids In Sports                                               City of La Puente
      Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment                       City of La Verne
      Para Los Ninos                                               City of Lawndale
      Plaza Community Center, Inc.                                 City of Lomita
      Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Inc.                      City of Malibu
      Santa Anita Family Service                                   City of Manhattan Beach
      Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging Corp.                City of Maywood
      Shelter Partnership, Inc.                                    City of Monrovia
      So. Central Multi-Purpose Senior Citizens Ctr.               City of Rancho Palos Verdes
      Soledad Enrichment Action, Inc.                              City of Rolling Hills
      Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Inc.          City of Rolling Hills Estates
      St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church                        City of San Dimas
      St. Joseph Center                                            City of San Fernando
      Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation                            City of San Gabriel
      Sun Village Chamber of Commerce                              City of San Marino
      The Salvation Army (Bell Shelter)                            City of Santa Fe Springs
      Topanga Community Club                                       City of Sierra Madre
      United Peace Officers Against Crime                          City of Signal Hill
      Verdugo Mental Health                                        City of South El Monte
      Veterans in Community Service                                City of South Pasadena
      Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA)                        City of Temple City
      Walnut Park Merchants Association                            City of Walnut
      Watts Cinema and Education Center                            City of West Hollywood
      Watts Labor Community Action Committee                       City of Westlake Village
      West Angeles Community Development Corporation               City of Whittier
      Whittier - Rio Hondo AIDS Project                            County of Los Angeles Public Library
      YWCA of Greater Los Angeles                                  Department of Community and Senior Services
      LAUSD Maxine Waters E.P.C.                                   Department of Consumer Affairs
      Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority                      Department of Health Services
      Montebello Unified School District                           Department of Parks and Recreation
      The Human Services Consortium of the East San Gabriel Valley Department of Public Works
                                                                   Department of Regional Planning
                                                                   Sheriff's Dept., Los Angeles County




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Analysis of Impediments Update                                                                          October 5, 2006
PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT 2006 ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS

The CDC Web site provided notice of the availability of the Draft 2006 Analysis of
Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Update. Furthermore, public notices intended to
reach a variety of persons were posted in both the Los Angeles Times and in La Opinión on
August 7, 2006. These announced a 30-day public review and comment period, which
began August 8, 2006 and continued through September 8, 2006. Additionally, all
participating jurisdictions were separately notified by e-mail of the availability of the draft
AI, as well as encouraging all jurisdictions to provide comment. Additionally, all three fair
housing entities operating in the Urban County were sent copies of the draft reports. No
public comment was received by the CDC.




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