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

LGBT discrimination and protections in the Northwest

Oregon. In Oregon, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals are protected from discrimination in housing and employment, although discrimination still persists.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19934-unwelcome_mat.html

Boise/Moscow. The Boise City Council recently heard testimony from a packed audience of 300 on a city ordinance that would prohibit discrimination of LGBT individuals in housing or employment. The Council subsequently voted to ban discrimination, and the Moscow City Council and Human Rights Commission may be set to follow suit. http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2012/11/14/bieter-it-was-an-honor-to-witness-five-hour-anti-discrimination-ordinance-hearing

http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2012/12/31/daily-news-moscow-next-up-to-add-the-words

Washington State. The State of Washington recently legalized same-sex marriage through the ballot box, and former governor Chris Gregoire signed ESHB 2661 into law on January 31, 2006.

ESHB 2661 adds sexual orientation as a protected class in Washington State.

Sexual orientation nondiscrimination became effective and part of the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60) on June 8, 2006.

The new law (RCW 49.60.040) says sexual orientation “means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity. As used in this definition, gender expression or identity means having or being perceived to have a gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth.”

 See also http://fairhousingforum.org/consumers/new-hud-ruling-prohibits-discrimination-based-on-sexual-orientation-or-gender-identity/

 

Rainbow Welcome Initiative helps LGBT refugees

From their web site: Rainbow Welcome Initiative supports the resettlement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender (LGBT) refugees and asylees by offering technical assistance to service providers and disseminating critical resources relevant to both resettlement staff and refugees and asylees.

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