Community Development

Below is a sampling of our applied research in community development. To stay up to date on additions to the collection, sign up for our newsletter on the homepage.

 


Culture Connects 20/20: A Cultural Plan for the Dayton, Ohio Region

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2015

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In March of 2014, Culture Works contracted WolfBrown to provide the services of Marc Goldring, Associate Principal, to oversee aspects of developing a 10-year cultural plan for the Dayton Region. The planning team also included Dr. Richard Stock, Director, Business Research Group of the University of Dayton and Jane Dockery, APRI's Associate Director. This project grew out of earlier regional research, beginning in 2011, funded in part by the Dayton Foundation that included comprehensive market research about cultural attendance and a study of economic activity generated by the nonprofit cultural sector.

Where the practices of creativity help our young people learn and think more creatively and cultural assets help sell our region to talented STEM professionals and executives. Our region can be a community where we learn that creative methods are as potent as the scientific method. This Regional Cultural Plan can make it happen. Our plan focuses on using arts and cultural assets to further economic development, education, and regional diversity. The cultural raw material is already in place. What we need, and what the plan offers, is a roadmap to connect the dots.

We propose exciting new ways to support cultural organizations and creative entrepreneurs, new approaches to funding and to the organizations that will facilitate the implementation of this plan over the next ten to fifteen years. This plan is the result of input from many individuals concerned about the future of arts and culture in the Dayton Region. The plan’s Steering Committee has been especially helpful in responding to the findings of the planning team and refining and shaping this document.


City of Fairborn Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

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2014

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The City of Fairborn Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) is a review of barriers to fair housing in the public and private sector which restricts housing choices or the availability of housing choices based on a person’s membership in a protected class. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings to the protected classes, which include:

  • Race
  • Familial status
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • National origin

The 1988 amendments to the Fair Housing Act also created an exemption to the provisions which allowed discrimination on the basis of familial status for those housing developments that qualify as housing for seniors - persons age 55 or older. Senior properties do not violate the Fair Housing Act if they exclude families with children. In addition, the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) requires that senior housing have at least one person who is 55 years of age or older living in at least 80% of its occupied units and publish and follow policies and procedures that demonstrate an intent to be housing for seniors.

In 2014, the City of Fairborn Department of Community Development Neighborhood Betterment Division contracted with APRI (then CUPA) to conduct an AI for the city. APRI’s research staff participate in projects and outreach both locally and statewide addressing a wide range of social, economic, environmental, governance, and spatial issues. Through applied research, technical assistance, training, database development, and GIS services, APRI is able to meet the needs of public and non-profit sector organizations. Researchers from APRI prepared this analysis of impediments using the methodologies and structure outlined in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Fair Housing Planning Guide. APRI reviewed a variety of secondary demographic, economic, employment and housing market data available from national and local sources for the City of Fairborn.

 

Montgomery County and Cities of Dayton and Kettering Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

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2009

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The Montgomery County and Cities of Dayton and Kettering Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) is a review of barriers to fair housing in the public and private sector that restricts housing choices or the availability of housing choices based on a person’s membership in a protected class. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings to the protected classes, which include: race, familial status, disability, sex, religion, or National origin.

The 1988 amendments to the Fair Housing Act also created an exemption to the provisions which allowed discrimination on the basis of familial status for those housing developments that qualify as housing for seniors ‐ persons age 55 or older. Senior properties do not violate the Fair Housing Act if they exclude families with children. In addition, the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) requires that senior housing have at least one person who is 55 years of age or older living in at least 80% of its occupied units and publish and follow policies and procedures that demonstrate an intent to be housing for seniors.

In 2008, the Montgomery County, and the cities of Dayton and Kettering, contracted with with APRI (then CUPA) to conduct an AI. Researchers from APRI prepared this analysis of impediments using the methodologies and structure outlined in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Fair Housing Planning Guide. APRI reviewed a variety of secondary demographic, economic, employment and housing market data available from national and local sources for the analysis.

These include but are not limited to:

  • The Census Bureau
  • The State of the Cities Data System
  • The State of Ohio
  • The City of Dayton
  • The City of Kettering
  • Montgomery County
  • The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act
  • ESRI Business map

APRI  also reviewed and compiled data about local housing procedures, materials, policies, and programs that influence fair housing choice and address impediments in the City that promote and educate residents about their fair housing rights and the complaint process. This process included the analysis of available data regarding compliance with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), and Fair Housing Act. Because of the limited funding available to conduct the research necessary to complete this analysis, very little primary data collection was conducted. Instead, the focus was on secondary data and primary data elements, which could be easily extracted for analysis.