Recipients of CDBG funds, like the City of Barberton, must affirmatively further fair housing by working to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status.
If you believe that your fair housing rights may have been violated, or for more information about local fair housing resources, please contact the Fair Housing Contact Services at 330.376.6191, or Toll Free: 1.877.376.6191.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines NIMBYism (NIMBY stands for Not In My Back Yard) as “a mentality adopted by those who reject certain changes to their communities.”
The NIMBY mentality is dangerous to communities, as it represents a refusal to compromise, a refusal to recognize personal property rights, and/or consideration of alternatives all which can stifle growth and development.
Often, NIMBYism is reflective of residents’ fears of the “worst case scenario” effects of proposed development or falsehoods which are circulating amongst those who oppose the project.
It is the goal of the City of Barberton to combat NIMBYism by providing residents with information and public forums to discuss changes in the city. The goal is that this be met with cooperation and understanding rather than opposition and misinformation.