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COVID19: Resources and information
What you need to know about the COVID19 pandemic in Idaho. How it impacts renters and homeowners, fair housing rights and responsibilities, and where to find official information on keeping yourself, your family and your community safe during the pandemic.
We’re all in this together.
The Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) has information for renters and owners using programs or services it administers.
Idaho’s Governor Brad Little declared a State of Extreme Emergency and issued a 21-day Stay At Home Order, closing down all non-essential businesses and services to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read more at the state’s official COVID19 page.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is helping coordinate information and resource availability to respond to the CODIV19 outbreak. Homeless populations are among the most vulnerable to community spread and lack the ability to ‘stay at home.’ See their informational page here.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition is also mobilizing resources and sharing strategies to address increasing housing challenges caused by the convergence of a historic housing crisis and the COVID19 pandemic. View their informational page here.
Lawsuit Alleges Disparate Impact in Hurricane Relief
Two Years After Hurricane Harvey, One Group Says It Has Been Overlooked: Renters
Renters affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas are criticizing the recovery effort, saying that state and federal officials cut them out of $5 billion in aid and focused instead on homeowners.
“The suit accuses officials with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the state General Land Office of ignoring the needs of renters in the Harvey recovery, and of steering the $5 billion in recovery programs to homeowners, developers and landlords.”
Boise, ID April 5th and 6th (see below for additional dates and locations)
The Idaho Fair Housing Forum, U.S. Attorney’s Office, HUD and Intermountain Fair Housing Council are hosting a Fair Housing Celebration and Workshop focused on Basic Fair Housing topics on April 5, 2016, and April 6, 2016.
Featuring Idaho’s U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson and HUD’s Kristina Miller among others, the workshop will focus on the Fair Housing Act, Support Animals and Reasonable Accommodations, Addressing Hate Acts Under Federal Law and Fair Housing Compliance from a Housing Provider Attorney Perspective. The event is offered as either an on-site training at Boise City Hall or via webcast at the same time, registration links for both options are below. It will run from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM Mountain.
BBC’s Heidi Aggeler outlines HUD’s new Assessment of Fair Housing process.
The Regional Housing Roundtables sponsored by Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) provide an opportunity for housing and community stakeholders to share information on needs, opportunities and challenges. Participants share updates on program goals, pending legislation or resources available to create housing that meets the needs of all community residents.
The Spring 2016 Roundtables also served as an opportunity to share information on the 2016 Analysis of Impediments/Assessment of Fair Housing (AI/AFH). In conjunction with key person interviews, data collection and a stakeholder surveys, IHFA used the Roundtable sessions as an opportunity for discussion of the preliminary findings of the 2016 process. IHFA and the Department of Commerce contracted with BBC Research and Consulting to conduct the analysis and produce a statewide report and planning document for Idaho’s non-entitlement areas.
BBC representatives presented the following information for discussion during the Spring Roundtables:
During the Treasure Valley Roundtable, we also added time for a presentation on Environmental Justice and Fair Housing Design and Construction by representatives of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council.
Environmental Justice and Fair Housing Design and Construction