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  • Housing Center to host April 28 workshop

    Apr 20, 2015 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Housing Center is co-sponsoring an April 28 workshop to mark the 47th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. “Still Working for Equality and Fair Housing” will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St., and will bring together representatives from the Housing Center, the Southwest Fair Housing Council and the Direct Center for Independence.

    Elias addresses housing conference.Topics will include an overview of fair housing, an analysis of impediments to fair housing and persons with disabilities, social equity and disability issues, and the challenges of dealing with outdated regulations for home modifications to accommodate the elderly and those with disabilities. The day will close with remarks from Pima County District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías.

    Other speakers include Betty Villegas, affordable housing program manager for the Pima County Housing Center; Gail Bouchee, program coordinator with the Direct Center for Independence; Cheri Horbacz, director of education and outreach for the Southwest Fair Housing Council; Jay Young, executive director of the Southwest Fair Housing Council; and Stephanie Parker, a psychologist and mediator who regularly provides workshops on disability justice issues.

    The 1968 Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, and disability. Despite the legislation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported on its website that last year alone, HUD and its fair housing partner agencies received 2,373 complaints alleging discrimination based on race.

    All who work in the housing industry or with nonprofits are welcome to attend the workshop. Please RSVP to Marjava Ramirez at