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1/23/2020 - Citizens Invited to Attend the Annual Fair Housing Seminar

To commemorate National Fair Housing Month and the 52nd Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the City of Salina Community Relations Division will hold their Annual Fair Housing Seminar Friday, March 27 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Tony's Pizza Events Center, 800 The Midway.

The purpose of the seminar is to educate tenants, landlords, property managers, lenders, social workers, service providers, and other interested parties about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights legislation that passed in 1968 and makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.

Seminar topics and speakers are as follows:

Keynote Speaker- Judge Jared Johnson

Available Sessions (not in chronological order)

1. Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications-Service Animals- Michelle Ewert (Professor of Law- Washburn University School of Law)

This course is designed to educate participants on reasonable accommodations and modifications under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Participants will gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities in regard to assistance animals under the FHA.

2. Immigration and Housing- Michelle Ewert (Washburn University School of Law)

This course is designed to educate participants on (1) the rights and responsibilities of tenants as it pertains to the FHA, (2) the rights and responsibilities of housing providers as it pertains to the FHA, and (3) national origin discrimination under the FHA.

3. Navigating through Tenancy (KRLTA) -Teresa Baker (Housing Counseling Program Director- Housing and Credit Counseling of Topeka)

This course is designed to educate participants on the rights and responsibilities which are outlined in the KRLTA as well as current case law developed under the KRLTA.

4. Would YOU live here? Salina Property Maintenance Code- Shawn and Gary (Salina Building Services Code Enforcement Officers) City of Salina News Release Re: [Enter subject] Submitted: [Enter submittal date]

This course is designed to educate participants on (1) the requirements for safe housing under the Salina Property Maintenance Code, (2) the rights and responsibilities of landlords under the Salina Property Maintenance Code, (3) the rights and responsibilities of tenants under the Salina Property Maintenance Code, and (4) the way in which compliant property maintenance furthers fair and equitable housing.

5. Fair Housing Act 101- Teresa Baker (Housing Counseling Program Director- Housing and Credit Counseling of Topeka)

This course is designed to provide participants with a general understanding of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Participants will (1) understand the basics rights granted under the FHA, (2) understand the responsibilities of housing providers delineated under the FHA, and (3) understand current case law which has been developed under the FHA.

6. Panel- Nonprofits-Breaking the Cycle of Housing Instability (Non-profit leaders and community members affected by housing instability)

This session is designed for all individuals who have a stake in housing. Participants will learn how to: (1) identify the causes of housing instability, (2) develop a plan for empathetically supporting individuals through periods of housing instability, and (3) develop an action plan for combatting housing instability in their communities.

The registration form and agenda are available online. Completed registration forms and payment ($30/person, includes lunch and materials) should be mailed or dropped off by March 13 to the City of Salina Community Relations Division, 300 W. Ash St., Room 101, Salina, KS, 67401.

For needed accommodations, contact the Community Relations Division at 785-309-5745 (TDD 785-309-5747) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, call at least five working days prior to the event.

For more information about the Community Relations Division or the Fair Housing Seminar, call (785) 309-5745 or visit www.salina-ks.gov/communityrelations.

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