Why Economic Developers Hope That “Fair Housing Still Has a Chance Under Trump”

The most recent State of Idaho Assessment of Fair Housing takes an ‘Economic Opportunity Approach’ to what is traditionally perceived as a civil rights issue affecting minority populations and other protected classes. An excerpt follows:

“This study approaches the analysis of fair housing issues through an “opportunity lens.” This was done to:

  • Incorporate recent research that links long‐term economic gains of cities and states to advancing economic growth of residents,
  • Incorporate the latest legal developments around fair housing, and
  • Most importantly, identify where the Grantees can best intervene to improve the economic opportunities of residents and, ultimately the fiscal health, of non‐entitlement communities.”

In other words, the report shows that the overall economic health and stability of a city or state depend on the economic opportunities of all residents. When everyone can access safe, quality housing within their household budget and close to employment or other services, they have more time, energy and income to invest in neighborhoods and communities. At the same time, they are less dependent on public assistance or other social services.

Housing choice (the right to determine where we live and can afford) and stability are essential components in the development of social capital, sometimes defined as “the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively.”

When individuals and families feel part of a neighborhood or community, they are better able to form trusting relationships and cultivate connections that can lead to opportunities—whether in employment, education, health care or personal growth and development. From the perspective of those who stress personal responsibility and self-reliance, housing choice (aka, ‘Fair Housing’) should be seen as the best investment, hands down.

For an informative and riveting history of the origin and reason for the Fair Housing Act, this 2015 podcast from This American Life and ProPublica is one of the best introductions around. For those short on time, Act Two is particularly fascinating.

The Slate article linked below contemplates the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing  (AFFH) rule and how it may fare moving forward under a new administration. The AFFH rule is intended to implement the core mission of the Fair Housing Act—to increase access to economic and social opportunities through something called housing choice. Where we live determines access to essential services and resources: clean air and water, healthy food, education, employment, police and fire protection, banking and lending, health care—even things like culture and recreation.

“An important rule, enacted late in the Obama administration, is just starting to knock down barriers in some of America’s most segregated places.”

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (or AFFH) rule, promulgated by President Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2015, marked the first forward momentum for the Fair Housing Act in decades. The rule required jurisdictions that receive federal housing funding to not only document barriers to integration and opportunity, but to detail—and prioritize—policies to eradicate them.

Read more here: Fair Housing Still Has a Chance Under Trump

 

2017 Training Opportunities

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Design and Construction Training—March 14th

This HUD-sponsored training is geared mainly towards architects, builders, developers and building officials.

  • Design & Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act Technical Overview—Module 10: Part I
  • Design & Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act Technical Overview—Module 10: Part II
  • Strategies for Compliant Bathrooms —Module 6
  • Common Design & Construction Violations & Solutions—Module 9

When
March 14th, 2017
7:15am – 3:30pm

Where
Boise City Hall Council Chambers
150 N. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
1-208-334-1990
(HUD’s Boise field office)

Regional Live Streaming Locations (for those interested in CEU credits):

Webcast link: click here.

Registration
http://fhafirst.eventbrite.com

Event Information
Submit requests for reasonable accommodations and questions to:
*protected email*
1-312-913-1717 x 248

CEU Credits
*This program is registered with the American Institute of Architects. Architects will receive up to 6 continuing education HSW credits.

NEW!—Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Flier Boise (requires Acrobat Reader)

HUD/FHEO Basic Fair Housing Webinars

Housing owners, property managers, renters, housing advocates – learn the basics of the Federal Fair Housing Act, with more in depth discussion on issues such as disability, family status, sexual orientation and domestic violence. This knowledge is not only critical to prevent costly violations, it’s also good business! This training will be held as a Live Webinar, with the video presentation conducted online and audio conducted using a telephone conference line. Log-in and call-in information will be emailed to registrants the day prior to the training date.

The times listed are PACIFIC time. Training is Free. Questions? Contact Kristina Miller at 206-220-5328 or vog.d1532269114uh@re1532269114lliM.1532269114anits1532269114irK1532269114

Click on the dates below to visit the registration page:

Spring 2014 Fair Housing Training Schedule

March 20. Idaho Affordable Housing Management Association (IdahoAHMA) training in Boise.Sessions will cover Fair Housing 101 and Service Animals More information at http://tinyurl.com/ogcwjd8

April events. The target audience for this series of events includes consumers, housing providers and managers, Realtors, lenders, housing advocates, government personnel and officials, and anyone interested in learning about the Fair Housing Act.

Locations and dates

Coeur d’ Alene Fair Housing Training April 4, 2014

Event Time: 8:30am-4:30pm (check-in at 8:00am)

Location: Coeur d’ Alene Library in CDA 702 E. Front Ave

Register at: http://1.usa.gov/1mhQl4D

 Nampa Fair Housing Training April 15, 2014

Event Time: 8:30am-4:30pm (check-in at 8:00am)

Location: Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third Street South

Register at: http://1.usa.gov/1gc8AWP

Pocatello Fair Housing Training April 21, 2014

Event Time: 8:30am-4:30pm (check-in at 8:00am)

Location: Pocatello City Hall. 911 N.7th Ave Pocatello, Idaho

Register at: http://1.usa.gov/1gRBVAT

Workshop materials for viewing or downloaded below:

Zoe Ann Olson, Director of Intermountain Fair Housing Council

Jess McCafferty, LGBT Equality Fellow / ACLU of Idaho Foundation

Gary Hanes, Gary Hanes and Associates

Dana Gover, MPA and Erik Kingston, PCED

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Boise Fair Housing Design and Construction Training May 15, 2014

Event Time: 8:00am-4:30pm (check-in at 8:00am)

Location: Washington Group Plaza Auditorium / 720 Park Blvd. Boise, ID

Registration and information details here:

Fair Housing Accessibility First! Design and Construction training

2011 Campaign still reaching audiences

More than two years out, this positive Fair Housing message is still featured on Treasure Valley bus benches and posters statewide. Many thanks to the City of Boise Fair Housing Task Force for creating this campaign, and to the many Fair Housing Forum partners who continue to offer direct and in-kind support.

Bus benches continue to support fair housing..and sitters!
Treasure Valley Fair Housing Bus Poster

In early 2011, the City of Boise’s Fair Housing Task Force spearheaded the Good Neighbors + Fair Housing = Strong Communities campaign. The campaign extended to include the cities of Nampa and Meridian, and was supported by a host of local sponsors, led by Idaho Housing and Finance Association and including Idaho Department of Commerce. Additional support was provided by:

US Bank • Idacorp Financial • Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation • Mountain West Bank • ValleyRide • Title One • Living Independence Network Corporation • Wells Fargo Bank • North by Northwest Productions • Peak Broadcasting • Boise State Radio • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare