April is Fair Housing Month. Several events throughout Idaho and a series of new videos will put the spotlight on the 1968 law that guarantees equal access to housing. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
The Idaho Fair Housing Forum, a group of organizations that support Fair Housing education and outreach, will host free workshops aimed at consumers, providers, advocates and anyone else interested in learning about Fair Housing Act rights and responsibilities. Some of the topics include Ramp Up Idaho, best practices for housing providers, transitioning into housing of choice and support animals.
Here is the schedule for workshops in the Treasure Valley:
Nampa: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., April 15, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S. For more information or to register go tohttp://1.usa.gov/1gc8AWP.
Boise: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., May 15, Washington Group Plaza Auditorium, 720 Park Blvd. For more information or to register, contact John Ritzu at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 913‐1717, Ext. 228, or visit www.fairhousingfirst.org.
Idahoans also have a new online resource to help them understand the Fair Housing Act. Four animated videos commissioned by Idaho Housing and Finance Association help viewers understand the basics of fair housing, recognize discrimination, report possible violations and promote accessibility. The videos, in English and Spanish, are available atidahohousing.com (search for “fair housing videos”) and fairhousingforum.org.
The City of Boise will also launch its initiative, “Good neighbors plus Fair Housing equals Strong Communities,” during the regular city council meeting on April 22 beginning at noon in the City Council Chambers, third floor, Boise City Hall.