Fair Advanced Fair Housing for Property Managers and REALTORS® — May 7, 2014
Sponsored by City of Kettering Community Development in collaboration with the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
John Zimmerman, Vice President, MVFHC
Questions? Call John at 937-223-6035
Deeds Conference Room
Kettering Government Center
3600 Shroyer Road
Kettering, OH 45429
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Just show up and find a seat. No reservation needed unless you want CE credit for REALTORS®, in which case you should email John Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course focuses on both the basics of fair housing and advanced information on working with people with disabilities.
For those property managers who are also REALTORS®, this course gives 3 hours of civil rights CE credit or 3 hours of elective CE credit, whichever you need.
- Best practices for screening applicants in compliance with fair housing laws
- Review of HUD’s new 2012–2013 guidance on fair housing
- Occupancy standards and Kettering law
- Service animals
- Welcoming people with disabilities
- Understanding reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications
Quality of Life grants available in ZIP codes 45417 and 45426
Money to come from the Inclusive Community Fund
Download an application (PDF format)
The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC) is soliciting applications from groups proposing Quality of Life projects in neighborhoods in ZIP code 45417 in the City of Dayton and ZIP code 45426 in the City of Trotwood.
Groups eligible to apply are non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations and social or fraternal organizations as well as, for this program only, unincorporated groups that may not have a formal structure or tax exempt status.
Examples of projects that could be funded include modifying a vacant lot into a pocket park or urban garden; repairing recreational trails used by the neighborhood or adding accessible features or routes for people with disabilities; public arts projects such as murals promoting diversity, civil rights, or fair housing; neighborhood beautification projects; or other new, innovative projects.
Applications must be project-specific. MVFHC is not able to consider any applications for general operating support or for events such as neighborhood festivals, block parties or meetings. Please read the grant application package carefully to make sure you understand its instructions.
Proposals may be for any amount up to $5,000 for a project up to six months in duration. Full proposals are due by 4:30 pm, Friday, April 25, 2014, and must be hand-delivered or sent by email. No faxed copies will be accepted.
Questions about your application are encouraged and accepted until April 23, 2014. Contact Jim McCarthy by phone at 937-223-6035 or by email at email@example.com.
Largest mortgage preservation company in nation accused of housing discrimination
Ohio-based Safeguard Properties accused of racial discrimination in maintenance of foreclosed homes
April 8, 2014 — Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC), in conjunction with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and six other NFHA member agencies, announced a federal housing discrimination complaint against Safeguard Properties, headquartered in Ohio. Safeguard is the nation’s largest privately-held mortgage field service property preservation company, also known as a field service vendor. The company is hired by Fannie Mae and major banks to maintain and market their bank-owned, foreclosed homes (aka REO properties).
View a PowerPoint about
the investigation against Safeguard.
The complaint, which has been filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is the result of an investigation into how Safeguard Properties is failing to maintain foreclosed homes in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Dayton, Toledo, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Memphis.
Safeguard Properties was recently named in a report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Federal Housing Financy Agency that describes how the preservation companies reviewed by the OIG provided inaccurate information and manipulated photographs in their reports to Fannie Mae. The Illinois Attorney General also has a lawsuit pending against Safeguard.
For more information, read the complaint or view a PowerPoint about the investigation against Safeguard.
Dayton Business Journal names MVFHC one of Dayton’s “2014 Best Places to Work”
March 13, 2014 — The Dayton Business Journal has named Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC) as one of its “Best Places to Work” in 2014.
MVFHC was one of 25 Dayton-area companies selected for the 2014 awards. Winners were chosen by Quantum Research, who surveyed company employees on staff engagement, team effectiveness, manager effectiveness and other workplace best practices.
The exact ranking of Dayton’s top 25 places to work will be announced at a celebration on April 24, 2014, in the Schuster Center Wintergarden.
Previous news items are available here.
Resources and useful links
Inclusive Community Fund
MVFHC’s Inclusive Community Fund
is working to help residents of ZIP codes 45417
with down payment assistance, home repair and rehabilitation, accessibility modifications, home improvement loans, and neighborhood quality of life grants. For more information, visit our ICF page
Reasonable Modifications and Accommodations
Have questions about what your rights or responsibilities are under the federal Fair Housing Act for persons with disabilities? Now available online in the Services/Reference section are joint statements from the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development that explain reasonable modifications
HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton
The Home Ownership Center
is a non-profit organization that empowers local residents to achieve and sustain homeownership and financial success. They’ve helped thousands of individuals and families meet their homeownership goals through a variety of services offered at low or no cost.
MVFHC provides legal counsel and advice at no cost for foreclosure cases involving residential mortgages.
If you have received a foreclosure complaint, call MVFHC at 937-223-6035.
If you are struggling with your mortgage payments but have not yet been served with a foreclosure notice, please contact the HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton at 937-853-1600.
Service Animal Policy
A Service Animal Policy
is now available available online in the Services/Reference section. The policy explains what service animals are and how they are a reasonable accommodation under the Federal Fair Housing Act and also provides practice guidelines for housing providers
and for tenants
Additional Landlord/Tenant info
Also, if you are a landlord or a tenant wanting information on your rights and duties under Ohio law, the Dayton-Montgomery County Ombudsman's Office has a page about landlord/tenant issues
Mobile Home Park residents
rights and responsibilities
A booklet outlining your rights and responsibilities when renting mobile homes or lots in mobile home parks is available on the Ohio Legal Services website
Fair Housing Advertising Word and Phrase List
A word and phrase list
intended as a guideline to assist in complying with state and federal fair housing laws is available online in the Services/Reference section.
Equal Housing Opportunity usage guidelines
on the usage of the "Equal Housing Opportunity" logo and slogan are available online in the Services/Reference section.
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that promotes compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. Visit www.fairhousingfirst.org
for instruction programs and useful online resources.
is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. To learn how you can save money in your home, visit www.energystar.gov
Copies of special reports such as Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice released by local jurisdictions as well as other reports done by MVFHC on zoning and predatory lending are available on the reports