The role of housing in implementing Olmstead, and why it matters to everyone

The 1999 Olmstead decision clarified the court’s intent to afford persons with disabilities the opportunity to live independently in and as part of the larger community, which in turn means access to opportunities available to all persons.

To quote from the ruling, the goal is to seek “the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities” or “a setting that enables individuals with disabilities to interact with non-disabled persons to the fullest extent possible.”

Housing is key to community integration, as where we live determines our access to a host of essential community services. HUD’s message on this is also clear:”Individuals with disabilities, like individuals without disabilities, should have choice and self determination in housing and in the health care and related support services they receive. For this reason, HUD is committed to offering individuals with disabilities housing options that enable them to make meaningful choices about housing, health care, and long-term services and supports so they can participate fully in community life.”

There are many efforts underway in Idaho to achieve the aims of Olmstead, and will take communication and coordination among all partners to create a diverse mix of housing choices throughout the state’s many regions. Housing alone doesn’t make a community accessible, but it’s a really good place to start.

Read more here: Olmstead and housing

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

Street Law Clinics at Boise Public Library: Second Mondays

 Have a legal question, but can’t afford a lawyer?

 The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association is econd onday of each month, beginning  February 11, 2013. The clinic will run from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and be held at the Boise Public Library (Downtown Branch).

For more information, see the poster (below), call 208.345.1890 with questions or visit www.itla.org

Street Law Poster

Free Design and Construction Training Scheduled for March 23 in Portland, OR

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon is providing a FREE Design and Construction Accessibility Training.

When – Friday, March 23, 9am to 4pm

Where – The Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C

Feel free to pass event information on to anyone who you
think may be interested. To register for the event, please visit: http://www.fhco.org/event_reg.htm

And for event details:  http://fhco.org/pdfs/D&Cflyer06142011.pdf

Additionally, if you would like more information about Fair Housing
and Design and Construction, before attending the event- please visit our
website at:  http://www.fhco.org/dc.htm
and view our D&C Handbook at: http://fhco.org/pdfs/DCHandbook062010.pdf

Direct questions or information requests to Justin M. Taylor at Fair Housing Council of Oregon: 503.223.8197 x. 111 /