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Commitment to Equality

King County Office of Civil Rights
Kelli Williams, Director
 
Chinook Building
401 Fifth Avenue
Suite 215
Seattle, WA 98104

206-263-2446
TTY Relay: 711
206-296-4329 Fax
Civil-Rights.OCR @kingcounty.gov

Hours: Weekdays
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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WASHINGTON STATE FAIR HOUSING UPDATE

Published by the Fair Housing Partners of Washington
April 2012

ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE

APRIL IS NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING MONTH
This year marks the 44th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act – the landmark legislation signed into law on April 11, 1968 that prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing.

26th ANNUAL TACOMA FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE, APRIL 19
The 26th Annual Fair Housing Conference is only days away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Don’t forget to register! We are looking forward to a conference which highlights the unintended consequences of our actions and policies, gives case updates, teaches the basics of fair housing law, identifies unconscious bias in the housing market, identifies laws affecting shelters and transitional housing, teaches how to communicate with residents, teaches how to react to a fair housing complaint, examines landlord-tenant law through a fair housing lens, and much more! The Fair Housing Conference has been approved for 6.0 Clock Hours (#C7988) from the Department of Licensing thanks to our partners at the Fair Housing Center of Washington, which is an approved Real Estate School.

If you haven’t already, then now’s the time to REGISTER at the City of Tacoma website: 2012 Tacoma Fair Housing Conference.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Fair housing testing conducted by SOCR
A fair housing test is a tool often used by communities to learn more about illegal housing enforcement is complaint-driven – that is, a fair housing enforcement agency like the Seattle Office for Civil Rights conducts an investigation only after someone files a charge alleging discrimination against a specific housing provider. Testing helps the public to develop a broader assessment of our community’s current fair housing conditions, and to take steps to create more fairness in the rental market.

NOW AVAILABLE – FORM FOR VERIFYING DISABILITY AND NEED FOR ACCOMMODATIONS
The Fair Housing Partners of Washington have developed a new form for health care providers and other qualified professionals to use when verifying that an applicant or resident has a disability and/or a need for a requested accommodation. The guidance explains the definition of disability under fair housing laws, and outlines the necessary elements for a written statement. It includes a sample form letter that the professional can use. We recommend that landlords and managers keep copies of this two-page guidance and form available for residents who have a need to verify their accommodation needs. Click here for a copy of the form.

ENDING HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES
The Fair Housing Act does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited bases. However, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person's experience with sexual orientation or gender identity housing discrimination may still be covered by the Fair Housing Act.

FREE FAIR HOUSING BASICS TRAINING IN SPOKANE
Presented by the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance

FREE FAIR HOUSING FIRST ACCESSIBILITY TRAINING, JUNE 6
This all-day workshop promotes compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The training offers comprehensive and detailed instruction in "Design and Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act" , Accessible Routes, and Accessible Public and Common-use Areas. Location: Seattle City Hall.

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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION – The Washington State Fair Housing Update is a publication of Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies and non-profit fair housing organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development 
www.hud.gov/offices/fheo

Washington State Human Rights Commission 
www.hum.wa.gov

King County Office of Civil Rights 
www.kingcounty.gov/civilrights

Seattle Office for Civil Rights
www.cityofseattle.net/civilrights

Tacoma Human Rights
www.cityoftacoma.org/HRHS

Fair Housing Center of Washington 
www.fhcwashington.org

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance (Spokane)
www.nwfairhouse.org