Training Opportunities and Presenters
Several resources exist for housing consumers, advocates or providers to learn more about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. Idaho Legal Aid Services, IHFA, the Idaho Department of Commerce, and other stakeholder groups sponsor regular fair housing and accessible design and construction workshops for housing industry professionals. The Idaho Fair Housing Forum coordinates a variety of collaborative projects that reflect the common goal of the members: to reduce costs and injury associated with unintentional violations by increasing awareness of fair housing law. For current information on upcoming training opportunities, e-mail or visit www.fairhousingforum.org and select News and Events.
The Intermountain Fair Housing Council (IFHC) offers targeted training on request for advocates, providers and consumer groups. In addition, housing providers may contract with IFHC to conduct “self-testing” of its programs or facilities. In some cases, IFHC may provide professional testers to evaluate compliance in policies and procedures. IHFC may agree to a “grace period” within which it holds the client harmless for any areas of non-compliance discovered during self-testing. Clients may use this period to address violations. For more information, contact IHFC at (800) 717-0695 or at www.idahofairhousing.org
Idaho Legal Aid Services also offers fair housing training for various groups through its regional offices. ILAS represents tenants and other consumers in non fee-generating cases. Along with IFHC, ILAS receives funding from HUD’s Fair Housing Inititiative Partnerships (FHIP) program to provide enforcement and education. You may reach ILAS at (208) 345-0106 or visit their Web site at www.idaholegalaid.org
HUD’s Seattle FHEO office periodically supports and facilitates training to various stakeholder groups in Idaho and the Northwest. For more information about HUD training and outreach opportunities, call toll-free (800) 877-0246.
Links to other regional training partners (besides those listed above):
- Fair Housing Council of Oregon (503) 223-3542 / www.fhco.org
- Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (509) 325-2665 /