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The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania’s 2022 Fair Housing Month Event

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from 1-3 PM ET

A Webinar for Medical and Human Service Professionals

Theme: Reasonable Accommodations: The medical and human service tool that improves health and sustains housing

The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania (FHRC) cordially invites you to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the signing of the federal Fair Housing Act by participating in a free webinar entitled Reasonable Accommodations: The medical and human service tool that improves health and sustains housing. According to the Joint Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act, medical professionals and human service staff may assist disabled persons whose quality of living could improve with a change in a housing rule, policy, practice, service, or modification, when such an accommodation may be necessary to afford…person(s) [with disabilities] equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. Fair housing experts will discuss and deconstruct the anatomy of a reasonable accommodation that cannot be achieved without the support of a medical professional, a peer support group, a non-medical service agency, or a reliable third party who is in a position to know about the individual’s disability who may also provide verification of a disability. This webinar will only highlight what is required by federal and state fair housing laws, which differentiates from other civil rights requirements. This is significant because a reasonable accommodation in housing may enable a disabled person to fully use and enjoy their dwelling e.g., an emotional support animal, a handicap accessible parking space, or the installation of a ramp. In addition, this webinar will cover examples of case studies that involve actual complainants who achieved reasonable accommodations, with or without the administrative complaint process, because someone who was in a position to know, including a primary care doctor, a social worker, or a therapist wrote letters to housing providers that are required under fair housing laws.

This is a 2-hour webinar that informs professionals about the fundamentals of the disability provision of fair housing laws, pertinent information that must appear in your letters of reasonable accommodations, and how your support improves health and housing outcomes as well as sustains housing amongst the most vulnerable in our society.

Gain basic information about disability under federal and state fair housing laws:

1. How is disability defined

2. Learn why a disabled person can request a reasonable accommodation in housing

3. Role of reasonable accommodation and purpose of a reasonable modification

4. Differentiate amongst a service animal, support animal, and emotional support animal in housing

5. What is required by federal and state fair housing laws to achieve a reasonable accommodation

Did you know:

1. In 2020, private nonprofit advocates filed 52.31% of fair housing complaints on behalf of people with disabilities.

2. From 2020 to 2021, 56% of complainants who contacted FHRC for assistance self-disclosed that they had disabilities and 11 % needed reasonable accommodations in housing.

3. When a disabled person negotiates a reasonable accommodation without litigation, taxpayers save a minimum of $5,000 in legal fees.

4. When a housing provider engages in the interactive process and then approves a request for a reasonable accommodation that supports a disabled person’s housing need, the housing provider saves a minimum of $10,000 to avoid litigation.

5. As the cost of housing soars, when a disabled person remains in their home that is usable and enjoyable, he or she saves $12,600 annually by not paying for an increase in rent.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar:

When: Apr 26, 2022, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Reasonable Accommodation: The medical and human service tool that improves health and sustains housing.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aT2HLELZQXSvHKef_Q2AbA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Importance of the Fair Housing Rights Act

The Fair Housing Act has two primary goals. The first is to combat housing discrimination across the country. The second is to promote diverse , inclusive communities for all people.

Mission

The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania’s mission is to ensure equal access to housing opportunities for all people.

Who We Are

The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania is a determined advocate for the establishment of equity and maintenance of equal access to housing opportunities for everyone.

Compliance Training

We work with housing providers, management companies, and municipal offices to comply with fair housing laws, guidance, regulations, and rules which govern equal housing opportunities and the best practices of property management which lead to strong, safe, and stable communities.

Tenants With Disabilities

Tenants with disabilities are a specific, vulnerable population that are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, Title VI, and the general purview of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, as amended, and other related laws. The FHRC supports tenants with disabilities as they are forced to navigate difficult housing situations.

Fair Housing Laws

The federal Fair Housing Rights Act is Title VIII of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, as amended, and serves to protect every individual from discrimination within the public housing industry.

Intersectionality of housing discrimination and social unrest

The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania (FHRC) stands in solidarity with those who seek racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.

In 2020, our nation witnessed open violence towards unarmed George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Both deaths shocked our conscience and provoked unprecedented action, which resulted in nation-wide protests as well as an interest in discussing all forms of justice in ways that were overdue.

To address structural racism that impacts quality of life by presenting as residential racial segregation, health disparities, educational achievement gap, racial wealth gap, and healthy housing issues, we invite good corporate citizens to support FHRC’s work that produces positive results such as: preventing untimely episodes of homelessness, displacement, and institutionalization.

FHRC is an experienced non-profit coordinator of symposia that deals with the intersection of fair housing and social conditions that impacting the public including:

  • Code Enforcement
  • Re-entry
  • Hoarding
  • Accessibility
  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment
  • Redlining, Gentrification, and Displacement
  • Trauma

FHRC Service Area Map

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Imminently homeless

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1992

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