In 2012, HOME embarked on a social entrepreneurial venture that would create an additional stream of revenue for the organization while furthering its mission to ensure equal access to housing for all people. Upon securing start-up funds from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, HOME launched HOME Consulting Services (HCS), which produces high-quality fair housing and housing-related research to communities across the country. HCS leverages HOME’s national reputation in fair housing and our talented, sophisticated staff in order to uncover systemic housing discrimination and use the resulting revenue to support our fair housing, public policy, education and outreach programs within Virginia.
HCS’s focus is Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) studies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all localities receiving certain federal funds for community development conduct and submit an AI every five years, and they recommend that localities partner with local fair housing groups like HOME for assistance.
In addition to AIs, HCS also plans on conducting housing market studies and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) analysis. A housing market study offers a detailed picture of existing housing stock for a specified geography and examines the future housing needs of a community through rental and sales projections. Annual HMDA analysis provides insight into potentially discriminatory mortgage lending practices occurring in a jurisdiction. HMDA data analyses have been key to several state and federal settlements with mortgage lenders in recent years.Conducting research for localities in these three areas will further HOME’s mission to ensure equal access to housing for all people and provide an additional stream of revenue to support HOME’s education, fair housing and policy programs.
Read more about HCS's experience and meet the project team.
Review some of the many research reports produced by HOME.
You can contact Brian Koziol, Director of HOME Consulting Services at his email or by phone at 804.354.0641.