Twin Cities Metro Area Fair Housing Implementation Council by vtz20461


									           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
(612) 348-2920 or by email at
                                                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
Minneapolis, Plymouth and St. Paul, and the         web at                                                      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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