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Spring 2024 Calendar

Upcoming events of interest to anyone focused on fair housing, housing and economic development, etc.

Intermountain Fair Housing Council: Fair Housing Basics and Hot Topics

  • April 2, 2024 – Meridian City Hall
  • 9:00 AM – 4PM MT 9am – 4pm MDT

IFHC will present fair housing basics and hot topics, along with trends under all protected classes—Equal Access and Bostock, VAWA/FHA Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Violence, and HUD’s New Reasonable Accommodation and Assistance Animal Technical Assistance Tools.

Register here

Intermountain Fair Housing Council Townhall Series: Tenant Advocacy

  • April 4, 2024 – Zoom
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MT

We are continuing our Townhall Series with a conversation between IFHC Community Engagement Specialist Sarah Jareczek and Author and Sociologist Leontina Hormel about Mobile Home Parks and tenant advocacy. This conversation will include a discussion about Hormel’s new book, Trailer Park America – Reimagining Working Class Communities. Order or download a copy to join in on the discussion!

Register here

Intermountain Fair Housing Council Homeownership Dream Series: Fair Lending

  • April 11, 2024 – Zoom
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MT

This event, the second to last installment of our Homeownership Dream Series, is all about Fair Lending! This webinar will include information about fair housing, fair lending issues to look out for in the home buying process, and how to get help if you experience fair housing issues or need best practice suggestions!

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Idaho Housing and Finance Conference on Housing and Economic Development

  • April 22-23, 2024
  • Boise Centre

The premier regional conference for those interested and engaged in housing and economic development policy, planning and practices, including industry professionals, planners and policy makers, advocates, economic and community development practitioners,

General registration here

Two days of sessions on current focus areas, and several world-class keynote speakers:

Charles Marohn is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He is a civil engineer and a land use planner with decades of experience. Planetizen named him one of the most 10 influential urbanists of all time. Marohn is the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity and Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town. His latest book, Escaping the Housing Trap: The Strong Towns Response to the Housing Crisis comes out March 26, 2024.

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Walter-Amy-HeadshotIn what will be another interesting election season, Amy Walter, the national editor of the Cook Political Report and a popular on-air political analyst, will be here to shed light on what to expect in 2024. For more than 25 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.

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Andrew Busch pictureAndrew Busch is the former 1st Chief Market Intelligence Officer for the US government and economic futurist. Andy provided economic and market briefings to White House, US House, US Senate, the SEC, the Federal Reserve Board and the US Treasury staff on a wide range of issues including interest rates, inflation, China’s influence on trade, and the impact of technology on the economy.

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Gregg Colburn HeadshotGregg Colburn is an Associate Professor in the Runstad Department of Real Estate in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He publishes research on topics related to housing and homelessness and is co-author of the book, Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns (University of California Press). His research has been featured in leading media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, and National Public Radio.

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Intermountain Fair Housing Council Fair Housing Basics: National Origin and Religion

  • April 25, 2024 – Zoom
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MT

This online training will discuss the legacy of the Fair Housing Act as we acknowledge the 56th anniversary of its passage, the basics of the Fair Housing Act, including the jurisdictional elements of a fair housing complaint and examples of discriminatory conduct by housing providers, as well as a closer look at the protected classes of Religion and National Origin – two of the original four protected classes in the FHA.

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HUD’s Idaho Fair Housing and Virtual Training

Idaho Fair Housing Forum partners welcomed key personnel from HUD’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office for a virtual FHEO training on Thursday, August 10, 2023. The event was well-attended, with over 230 Participants from Idaho and the surrounding regions. If a recording is made available, a link will be posted below.

Screen grab from a Microsoft Teams screen. In the top half of the screen a smiling woman wearing glasses is speaking. The lower section shows a man with short hair and glasses and is wearing a headset. To the right are small circles representing attendees.

Opening remarks by Lynn Grosso, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Brian Dale, PCED, HUD Field Office Director for Idaho

Agenda

  • Opening Remarks – Brian Dale, FOD; Barbara Lehman, Region X FHEO Director; Lynn Grosso, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement
  • HUD FHEO’s Intake Process – Michael Chen, HUD FHEO
  • HUD FHEO’s Investigation Process – Breanne Lee, HUD FHEO
  • HUD FHEO and VAWA/C Revs – James Kordich, HUD FHEO
  • Q & A – FHEO Staff Presenters
  • Closing Remarks – Lynn Grosso, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement (tentative), Barbara Lehman, Region X FHEO Director

Resources and links

2023 Forum Meetings – 2nd Wednesdays

The Idaho Fair Housing Forum members have been working to reanimate our long-running monthly stakeholder discussions. The Forum has always been a safe place for conversations among state and local governments, housing industry professionals, and consumer advocates. As we always remind everyone, the Forum is not an advocacy organization; we’re a collaborative group interested in working together to better understand fair housing law, best practices and opportunities for productive cooperation.

The 2023 schedule is as follows:

  • Dates: Every Second Wednesday
  • Time: 10am-11am Mountain Time
  • Place: We default to Zoom or Teams

2023 Schedule from June to December

  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 15
  • December 13

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To receive monthly meeting notifications and links, send your name / email to AmaraE @ ihfa.org (no spaces). You will be added to the Forum events list.

We hope to see you at our upcoming meetings, and encourage you to think about what you’d like to ask or contribute.

Access Means Everything!

Members of the Idaho Access Project spoke with several dozen architects, attorneys, and fair housing advocates on May 5 as part of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council’s 2023 workshop series. While the focus was on access in all aspects of life, the session included a comparison between fair housing design and construction requirements and Visitability.

Topics

  • Inclusive planning and design for mobility, access, safety and connectivity;
  • Visitability in single-family residential housing development;
  • Inclusive Recreation and Tourism, and
  • Integrating people with disabilities in civic, cultural and

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