Public Comment Period (Now Closed)

Update 2/23/17: the 30-day public comment period for this document is now closed; while comments are always welcome, they will not be reflected in the final document submitted to HUD/FHEO. They will, however, be posted online alongside the final document under separate cover for reference. Thanks to those who did submit comments!

The Public Notice requesting public comment for the Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for Idaho’s non-entitlement areas is linked below:

Request for Public Comment- English

Draft Assessment of Fair Housing (12MB; requires Adobe Reader)

Starting Monday, January 23rd, IHFA and the Department of Commerce are requesting comments on the Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for the State of Idaho (formerly known as the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing).

The above legal notice was sent to statewide media ahead of the comment period on 1/18/17; feel free to share with your program partners and stakeholder groups. This plan should be of interest to anyone receiving or administering federal funds from the U.S. Dept. or Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • housing providers / professionals,
  • community and economic developers,
  • city or county government elected officials,
  • planning, development and transportation professionals,
  • consumer, tenant and disability rights advocates.

Note. The draft will be available online from January 23rd to February 22nd; the legal notice includes instructions on comment submission to either IHFA or Commerce.

2016 Regional Housing Roundtables—AI/AFH Presentation

BBC's Heidi Aggeler

BBC’s Heidi Aggeler outlines HUD’s new Assessment of Fair Housing process.

The Regional Housing Roundtables sponsored by Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) provide an opportunity for housing and community stakeholders to share information on needs, opportunities and challenges. Participants share updates on program goals, pending legislation or resources available to create housing that meets the needs of all community residents.

The Spring 2016 Roundtables also served as an opportunity to share information on the 2016 Analysis of Impediments/Assessment of Fair Housing (AI/AFH). In conjunction with key person interviews, data collection and a stakeholder surveys, IHFA used the Roundtable sessions as an opportunity for discussion of the preliminary findings of the 2016 process. IHFA and the Department of Commerce contracted with BBC Research and Consulting to conduct the analysis and produce a statewide report and planning document for Idaho’s non-entitlement areas.

BBC representatives presented the following information for discussion during the Spring Roundtables:

Housing Roundtables – Assessment of Fair Housing

BBC Research and Consulting — Heidi Aggeler

Preliminary Discussion on Analysis of Impediments/Assessment of Fair Housing

During the Treasure Valley Roundtable, we also added time for a presentation on Environmental Justice and Fair Housing Design and Construction by representatives of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council.

Environmental Justice and Fair Housing Design and Construction

Intermountain Fair Housing Council — Alison Brace and Carrie House

Environmental Justice/Design and Construction Discussion

April 2015 Fair Housing Conference and Training

The Idaho Fair Housing Forum, U.S. Attorney’s Office, HUD and Intermountain Fair Housing Council hosted the 2015 Idaho Fair Housing Conference April 14 and 152015, in Boise, Idaho. Thanks to Idaho AHMA and Phil Sievers for capturing the presentations on video.

Photos from the event are below (photo credit: Erik Kingston)

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To view each speaker, click on the corresponding link (speaker presentations are also available for download and printing, links below the video sections):

Day 1 of the conference was aimed primarily towards housing providers and property management professionals. Featured speakers included HUD Region X Administrator Bill Block, Idaho’s U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson and civil rights defense attorney David Penny. They and other presenters focused on the Fair Housing Act, Support Animals and Reasonable Accommodations, Housing Provider Compliance and Defense, and Limited English Proficiency, among other topics.

Day 2 of the conference featured information more useful to municipalities, counties, building and planning professionals, and elected officials.

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 14

Fair Housing Basics: Sarah Fisher, Idaho Human Rights Commission Senior Investigator. http://youtu.be/EaztZFAX0g8

Current Federal Cases: Wendy Olson, U.S. Attorney for Idaho. http://youtu.be/sMJBEdr_Wto

Keynote Speaker: Bill Block, HUD Regional Administrator for Region X. http://youtu.be/NhgZDGpDwBM

Language Assistance Compliance: Gary Hanes, Gary E. Hanes and Associates. http://youtu.be/C670GNmoJnY

Consumers with Criminal History and Fair Housing: Wendy Olson, U.S. Attorney for Idaho. http://youtu.be/ek-6eIIMjok

Fair Housing Compliance from a Housing Provider Attorney: Dave Penny, Attorney, Cosho Humphry, LLP. http://youtu.be/YOAEQZzGdG4

Service Animals and Reasonable Accommodation: Zoe Ann Olson, Executive Director, Intermountain Fair Housing Council. http://youtu.be/F5_zk8yAI-E

Day 2 – Wednesday, April 15

Where Municipal Activities and Fair Housing Intersect: Jerome Mapp; Erik Kingston; Jennifer Yost. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUxB9Ppm3TA

Section 3 Compliance: Kristina Miller, HUD Office of FHEO. http://youtu.be/8_MuXV5z1ws

Language Assistance Compliance: Gary Hanes, Gary E. Hanes and Associates. http://youtu.be/ny4QfeZjqpo

Understand Your CC&Rs in Light of the Fair Housing Act: Sarah Anderson, Attorney, Vial Fotheringham, LLP. http://youtu.be/j0ZFd4Q6WN4

ADA and 504 Compliance in Housing and Communities: Amy Howe, Assistant U.S. Attorney for Idaho and Dana Gover, NW ADA Center-Idaho.  http://youtu.be/X5VOw7ndcDI

Tuesday Presentations for Download

LEP_AHMA_Apr 2015_Presentation version | Wendy Olson DOJ 2015

April 2015 RAR SA April FH Presentation | Housing and Criminal History Final

LANDLORD BEST PRACTICES | LEP_AHMA_Apr 2015_Presentation version

Sarah General FH Training March 2015

Wednesday Presentations for Download

*Boise Day 2 Agenda

2015 FH Training_Where Municipal Activities and Fair Housing Intersect

Needs-Assessment_Housing-Plan-9_12

Fair Housing conference w-ADA2015 | LEP_govt_Apr 2015_Presentation version

Section 3 Presentation 4_2015 | Fair Housing Training 2015-final

HOA and CCRs [Compatibility Mode]

ADA and 504 Compliance Resources for Housing and Communities

General resources (updated as links are provided.)

May 15 Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST! Webcast Site

After a five-year wait, HUD and the Idaho Fair Housing Forum were able to bring a Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST training to Idaho. Thanks to collaboration between Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST , Idaho AHMA, and IHFA, we were able to webcast and record the live training held in Boise, ID on 5/15/14. The training covered the following Fair Housing Design and Construction topics:

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Two Forum partners, Roger Howard of SW Idaho’s Living Independence Network Corporation (www.lincidaho.org) and Erik Kingston of Ramp Up Idaho (www.rampupidaho.org) also made a pitch to workshop participants to learn more about these two access-oriented programs:

  • LINC’s accessible fixture and resource library, and
  • Ramp Up Idaho’s efforts to promote better retail and community access throughout Idaho.