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Chittenden County Housing and Neighborhood Survey

The City of Burlington, the Burlington Housing Authority, and the Winooski Housing Authority want to hear from you about housing and other neighborhood issues – schools, jobs, transportation, services and more. We also want to know what happened the last time you looked for housing.

We’re asking because your answers will help shape our future housing and community development plans. All of your answers will be kept confidential. At the end of the survey we’ll ask for your street address so that we can group answers together.

Thank you for helping shape Chittenden County’s future and its mission to become a diverse and equitable community!

After completing the survey, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of several prizes from our local sponsors, including City Market, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Farmhouse Group, and others!

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Section 1

In this section, we are going to ask you questions about your neighborhood. Please consider your neighborhood when responding to these questions.

2. How would you rate the following aspects of your neighborhood?
Space Cell ExcellentGoodFairPoorDon't Know
Condition of the buildings
Condition of the streets / sidewalks
Schools in the neighborhood
Access to public transportation
Availability of housing
Availability of quality housing
Availability of job opportunities
3. Please indicate how easy it would be for you to get to each of the following places:
Space Cell Very EasySomewhat EasySomewhat DifficultVery DifficultDon't Know
Parks, playgrounds, or other green spaces
Public libraries
Supermarkets or grocery stores
Banks and credit unions
Churches, mosques, synagogues, or other places of worship
Community centers or recreational facilities
Places with jobs that I would like to have
Public transportation
Section 2

In this section, we are going to ask you questions about your housing. Please consider only your housing when responding to these questions.

4. Which of the following best describes the type of housing you currently live in?
5. How satisfied are you with the quality of housing you currently live in?
6. How long have you lived in your current home?
7. During the past three years, how have the overall costs for you current home changed?
8. Do you currently rent your home, own your home, or something else?
9. In the past five years has your rent been paid with a housing choice voucher (Section 8)?
10. Have you had difficulty using a housing choice voucher?
12. Do you have trouble finding safe, quality housing that you could afford in a neighborhood you would like?
13. Which of the following things, if any, limited the housing options you were able to consider? Check all that apply.
14. Do you think you were treated differently than other people looking for housing?
15. If yes, do you think it was because of any of the following? Check all that apply. 
16. During the past five years, have you applied for a loan to purchase a home, refinance your mortgage, or take equity out of your home?
17. If yes, was the application(s) you made during the past five years approved?
If your application was not accepted, which of the following reasons were you give?
Section 3

In this section, we are going to ask you questions about your background. This information will be aggregated to provide the county with information regarding demographics.

18. Are you Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Cuban-American, or some other Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino group?
19. What is your race? Check all that apply.
20. What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest level degree you have received?
21. Are you, or someone in your household living with a disability?
22. Is English your first language?
23. Which of the following best describes your current status?
24. Including you, how many people 18 years of age or older live in your household?
25. How many children under the age of 18 live in your household?
26. What is your address?
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