Get Involved! Fair Housing Do’s and Don’ts Minneapolis, MN 55401-1362 417 North Fifth Street, Suite 320 Hennepin County Housing, Community Works & Transit c/o Mark Hendrickson, Chair Fair Housing Implementation Council Give Everyone A Fair Chance! Join the Fair Housing Implementation Council Twin Cities Do Not: • Ask illegal questions about an applicant’s national origin, religion, age or familial Are fair housing issues important to you Metro Area status. personally or professionally? Join the Fair • Advertise preferences. Housing Implementation Council (FHIC), a forum where problems may be raised and Fair Housing • Require different fees, charges, deposits, etc. for similar units. addressed by other like-minded individuals and organizations. Implementation • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection or sale. The FHIC generally meets bi-monthly and Council Do: keeps the membership informed • Treat everyone equally and be electronically as needed. To be included in consistent. FHIC updates, complete the form below and • Document contacts in writing. mail it to the FHIC. • Inform employees about Fair Housing laws and practices. ______________________________ Name If you suspect unfair housing practices, contact: ______________________________ Organization U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) ______________________________ Fair Housing Hotline Address 1-800-669-9777 TDD 1-800-927-9275 ______________________________ City, State, Zip Code A Partnership of local Minnesota Department of governments, housing Human Rights ______________________________ industry professionals and 651-296-5663 Phone Fax advocates working together Other Twin Cities Area Resources: ______________________________ to unlock doors and expand Housing Equity Law Project (HELP) Email Address housing choice. 651-222-5863 To learn more about FHIC or if your Housing Discrimination Law Project organization is interested in funding fair 612-827-3774; TDD 612-827-1491 housing efforts in the metro area, please contact Mark Hendrickson, FHIC Chair, at HousingLink (612) 348-2920 or by email at 612-522-2500 Mark.Hendrickson@co.hennepin.mn.us. Twin Cities Metro Area Fair Housing Implementation Council (FHIC) About the FHIC What Does the FHIC Do? Accessible Housing Regional Section 504 training and a training The FHIC was established in July 2002 to The FHIC initiates activities that are designed FHIC worked with HousingLink to 1) conference on accessibility requirements affirmatively further fair housing throughout to stop discrimination and promote evaluate the mismatch between the supply for architects, builders, developers and the housing market area. Participating integration. Such activities are a response and need for physically accessible housing owners of rental properties. members administer federal Community to the 2001 Regional Analysis of in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and 2) Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Impediments to Fair Housing (AI), funded to launch a marketing initiative that would Rental Application Fees Home Investment Partnership Program by participating metropolitan jurisdictions. more effectively link tenants with available FHIC supported adoption of the (HOME) funding, as well as other programs accessible units. HousingLink is now offering Minneapolis rental application fee ordinance with a commitment to Fair Housing. The The AI evaluates housing related policies and custom links that can match specific to help ease the difficult and often costly FHIC also has representation in a number practices that may prevent people from living features with renter needs. process of finding rental housing. Landlords of area-wide agencies and organizations where they would like. It’s an educational must disclose tenant selection criteria Limited English Proficiency interested in affirmatively furthering fair tool for housing planners, policymakers and before accepting an application fee and FHIC organized Metro Area public housing housing. industry professionals and directs FHIC’s refund the fee if the tenant is rejected for authorities to translate commonly used affirmative activities. An Action Guide based reasons other than stated. housing assistance documents into Arabic, FHIC Members on the AI outlines affirmative Fair Housing Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish Participating members include the counties actions. Predatory Lending languages. FHIC is optimistic that the of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Although several jurisdictions have documents will soon be available on the Washington, the cities of Bloomington, The AI and Action Guide are available on the individually supported efforts to curb web. Minneapolis, Plymouth and St. Paul, and the web at www.metrocouncil.org/planning/housing/ predatory lending through education and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency FHActionGuide.htm. Fair Housing Testing & Enforcement outreach, the FHIC did support adoption (representing Carver and Scott counties). One of the newest activities focuses on of a Minneapolis city ordinance prohibiting Collaborating stakeholders include the Based on Action Plan Recommendations, the complaint based testing. Southern predatory lending. The ordinance did not Board of Realtors, Minnesota Multi-Housing Council has taken actions to address several Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc./Mid- pass, but the City did take steps to develop Association, Southern Minnesota Regional impediments: Minnesota Legal Assistance will join forces a comprehensive response to the issue, Legal Services, Legal Aid of Minneapolis and to investigate, prosecute and negotiate including state legislative action. Tenant Screenings other housing industry representatives and settlements to remedy discriminatory Collecting, verifying and disseminating credit, advocates. practices in the metropolitan area. FHIC 2005-2006 FHIC Priority Activities criminal background and eviction jurisdictions may also recommend testing • A “resonable accomodation” educa- information is expensive and limits choice FHIC Committees for multi-family projects financed with tional campaign for rental housing for many tenants. FHIC investigated four FHIC has three sub-commitees that focus entitlement funding. owners and managers and persons metro area screening companies to identify on Fair Housing issues and how to improve with disabilities. best practices and recommend ways to shortcomings: Information & Outreach • Sponsoring a public forum on fair assure that reports are fair and accurate. • Public Sector FHIC members participate in a variety of housing and tenants with limited • Homeownership workshops presented by associate English proficiency living in federally Recommendations include: 1) creating • Private Rental Housing members and are available for presentations assisted housing. opportunities for tenants to see reports regarding fair housing and affirmative action. • Fostering Inclusive Communities prior to renting, 2) improving the accuracy For example, FHIC was involved with the through outreach and action. of public records, and 3) educating property Human Rights Conference in 2004, the owners, managers and renters.
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