We’ll track the monthly meetings of the Idaho Fair Housing Forum below, and add descriptions and links to materials as they are made available by the various meeting hosts. Check back each month for the latest updates in the archive below.
Meetings take place the third Wednesday of the month. Each regular monthly meeting highlights a topic selected by participants in advance. Quarterly meetings are more open-ended opportunities for conversation and discussion of fair housing trends, challenges and related issues.
December 15th, 2021: NIMBY and Housing Equity
The December meeting of the Idaho Fair Housing Forum features a discussion of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) and the implications for housing affordability and equity. We’ll explore the rise of opposition to housing development priced to accommodate diverse household types and incomes, and how to address common barriers to productive community conversations.
- Wednesday, December 15th
- 10am to 11:30am MDT
- Video: 12.15.21 NIMBY Discussion
January 19th, 2022: Segregated by Design
Facilitator: City of Meridian
The January 19th discussion includes a group viewing of the 17-minute film Segregated by Design, based on the work of Richard Rothstein and his book The Color of Law. Following the film, participants explore the history of housing segregation, and its impact on the lives, opportunities and wealth of the people of color targeted by racial redlining.
- Discussion (following introductions and the featured video)
- Segregated by Design
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
February 16th, 2022: FHEO Discussion
Facilitator: City of Boise
This session features Equal Opportunity Specialists Sarah Sharp and James Kordich from HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) discussing current areas of focus, case law and the office’s structure, role and operations.
FHEO’s mission is “…to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.”
The format for this discussion is as follows:
- Welcome and Introductions (10 min)
- Sarah + James share (45 min)
- Q&A/Discussion (25 min)
- Update regarding Fair Housing Month/social media campaign (10 min)
- Discussion video
- Proposed 2022 Fair Housing Forum Social Media Campaign (Slide deck: Fair Housing Month – Social Media Campaign Topics_2-16-22)
Some of the issues arising during the discussion:
- The need for plain language instructions, examples and templates involving building an Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan AFHMP New Guidance (2018) and related required documents that would be more accessible to small cities and counties with limited administrative capacity.
- The Fair Housing Act Design Manual
- The Keating Memo
- Fair Housing Accessibility First!
- Fair Housing Outreach Materials available free on request from IHFA here
June 15, 2022: Fair Housing Forum NeighborWorks®
Facilitator: City of Nampa
The June 15th meeting of the Idaho Fair Housing Forum features a conversation about the ongoing housing crisis, which continues to be a top priority in Idaho communities. We hear from Bud Compher Jr. the CEO of NeighborWorks® Boise, and his Southeastern Idaho counterpart Mark Dahlquist, Executive Director of NeighborWorks® Pocatello.
Both bring extensive experience with state and federal programs and provide innovative housing solutions through a number of programs like Lending, Mortgage Assistance, Homebuyer Education, Acquisition Rehab, affordable rentals and Pocket Neighborhoods.
NeighborWorks® is committed to providing opportunities for affordable, safe and stable housing that contributes to building stronger neighborhoods. Join us to learn more about how NeighborWorks® offers the necessary resources so low- to moderate-income Idahoans can obtain, retain, and maintain their home.