As a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Nashua must affirmatively further fair housing. This involves a research, public consultation, and analysis process that results in a comprehensive Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing. The AI must not only analyze impediments to fair housing faced by Nashua residents but also include concrete action steps intended to reduce any impediments to fair housing.
The federal Fair Housing Act protects against discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and the presence of children. New Hampshire's anti-discrimination protections, which include protections against housing discrimination in renting and purchasing, protect against discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, and national origin.
Where to File A Housing Discrimination Complaint
Nashua Fair Housing Initiatives for FY 2020-2025
1. Find and identify a central location for fair housing complaints.
2. Focus and strengthen contracts with partners to provide fair housing outreach and education.
3. Restrategize HOME funds and whether they should be used for home ownership or dedicated to other opportunities.
4. Increase partnerships between the Urban Programs Division and Code Enforcement Division.
5. Focus on further developing partnerships between City departments and between the City and regional non-profit agencies, especially agencies such as New Hampshire Legal Assistance.
6. Revitalize existing neighborhoods, including new construction/infill, improve the conditions of existing stock, and improve of neighborhoods as a whole.
7. Explore how accessory dwelling units can be used to develop diverse housing supply outside the City center.