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!

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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!

Register here


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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT STRONG TOWNS

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT AMY

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ANDREW

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GREGG


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.

Register here

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

Join our distribution list!

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.

Housing Resources in Idaho

Idaho’s extreme housing shortage means we need to explore options in each region—for ourselves, our friends and our clients.

Click the links below to download and view information on housing and community resources and service providers.

Housing and Community Resource Information

Housing Assistance Guide for Idaho

(Languages below recommended by Boise’s English Language Center as high-frequency for refugees resettling in Idaho as of 2023)

Language Group Link to Guide
English Housing Assistance Guide for Idaho | English
Spanish Guía de asistencia para viviendas en Idaho | Español
French Guide des aides au logement dans l’Idaho | Français
Ukrainian Довідник для тих, хто шукає житло в штаті Айдахо | українська
Swahili Mwongozo wa Usaidizi wa Nyumba wa Idaho | kiswahili
Dari (Idaho) راهنمای کمک به مسکن آیداهو منابع و بهترین شیوه ها برای افرادی که به دنبال مسکن اجاره ای هستند | دری
Arabic دليل مساعدة الإسكان في ولاية أيداهو الموارد وأفضل الممارسات لمن يبحثون عن مساكن للإيجار | عربي

 

2023 Fair Housing Month: Activities and Resources

April is Fair Housing Month!

Idaho Fair Housing Forum members are gearing up for April, and we’d like to share a few activities and resources below with our partners and community stakeholders. While fair housing and related laws apply every day, each year we join with others to draw attention to the rights, responsibilities and economic benefits of housing choice and equity.

States and communities that receive federal funds—particularly from HUD—are required to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) in several ways. The AFFH requirements include, “taking meaningful actions, in addition to combating discrimination, that overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics.”

Meaningful actions accomplish two key outcomes:

  • more fair housing choice
  • reducing disparities in access to opportunity

Forum partners typically pursue these outcomes through partnerships that increase awareness of fair housing law through conferences, sponsored training opportunities, and outreach materials. HUD program administrators must also demonstrate concrete steps taken to ensure that subrecipients of HUD funds are pursuing AFFH practices that support equity in programs, activities, resources and facilities.

In the case of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds at the state level, Idaho Commerce requires the following AFFH actions of all sub recipients

  • Designate a Fair Housing Resource Person
  • Adopt and publish a Fair Housing Resolution
  • Proclaim April as Fair Housing Month
  • Display Fair Housing Information
  • Fair Housing Assessment Form

Activities

Fair Housing Accessibility First! training events

Date Topic Session 1 Session 2 Registration
02/28/23 Kitchens 8–9:30am 12–1:30pm Register
03/14/23 Grab Bars 8–9:30am 12-1:30pm Register
03/21/23 Usable Doors 8–9:30am 12-1:30pm Register
04/04/23 Controls in Accessible 8–9:30am 12-1:30pm Register

All times are Mountain. Contact  to schedule training.

Resources for partners and communities

Fair Housing Month Proclamations: Sample language

Free Education and Outreach Materials. IHFA produced a series of fair housing materials as part of its FHIP-EOI grant in 2020 and 2021. Print materials and videos are available at no cost on request.

Additional background and resources that help put AFFH requirements in context:

  • Segregated by Design This short film tracks the “forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.”
  • Seven Days Award-winning film by Nationwide Insurance and the National Fair Housing Alliance chronicles daily events between the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King April 4, 1968 and passage of the Fair Housing Act April 11, 1968
  • House Rules This collaborative journalism project describes how where we live determines our access to essential community assets, economic opportunity and social capital. And it looks at the role and fate of George Romney, the first individual charged with implementing the Fair Housing Act.
  • 2022-2027 AI: What cities and counties should know about fair housing (pending) Broad-brush overview of important context and concepts for Idaho communities to understand, with references to the most recent Statewide Analysis of Impediments covering Idaho’s non-entitlement (balance of state) jurisdictions served by Idaho Commerce and IHFA.