Fair Housing Month Luncheon & Training

By Debra Mayes

March 11, 2013

In celebration of National Fair Housing Month, OCCD is partnering with Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Development to present a luncheon and training on April 25 at 12:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza North following the OCCD Spring Quarterly Meeting.  This training is separate and apart from the OCCD Spring Quarterly Meeting and does require registration.  Please watch Upcoming Events for the on-line registration.

AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHERING FAIR HOUSING -A New Approach in 2013

On February 8, 2013 HUD issued a final regulation clarifying its interpretation of “disparate impact” under the Fair Housing Act. Still expected to be released sometime in 2013 is a proposed regulation on a new approach to affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH).

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the Fair Housing Act) requires HUD to administer its programs in a way that affirmatively furthers fair housing. The laws that establish the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) and the Public Housing Authority Plan (PHA Plan) each require jurisdictions to certify in writing that they are affirmatively furthering fair housing. 

Jim McCarthy, President/CEO of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance will make a luncheon  presentation on the significance of these regulations, why these regulations are important to civil rights and tenant advocates, and what the regulations mean for jurisdictions that receive money from HUD, and thus are affected by the regulations.

CIVIL RIGHTS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TRAINING

            Following lunch, Joyce Hill, Civil Rights Specialist with the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Development will provide Civil Rights Technical Assistance Training.  Civil Rights compliance is a broad subject area that encompasses several federal statutes and program regulations, including the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with

 Disabilities Act and Section 109. These statutes and program regulations have been developed over the course of many decades, and continue to be refined regularly.  Most civil rights requirements apply to all federal programs.  This can often be confusing, since most other policies and procedures were developed exclusively for specific programs.

Each OCD grant agreement contains Local Government Certifications to the State that includes the nondiscrimination certificationsFair housing and equal opportunity laws are like an umbrella, intended to protect individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, through business opportunities such as contracting, or through other benefits created by CDBG projects.

This session summarizes the key regulations and requirements of fair housing and equal opportunity laws applicable to CDBG projects.  To be in compliance, grantees must adhere to all the basic principles of fair housing and equal opportunity regulations.  To demonstrate support for ensuring these principles, grantees must endorse in attitude and deed all regulations for fairness in the provision of CDBG funded programs and projects.

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