Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Public Invited: Fair Housing Discussion coming to Cedar Rapids/Marion on November 8th

Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Fair Housing Conference

Current Fair Housing Issues

Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services (KTOS)
3375 Armar Drive, Marion

Registration: $25 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
*Register by 5pm October 31 to receive lunch.
Late registrations and same day registrants will be accepted - Lunch will not be included for late registrants

This Conference is designed to give housing professionals, attorneys, social service staff, and community members, a strong understanding of Fair Housing laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Credit. Come learn about your rights and your responsibilities!

REGISTER: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4550536778/eivtefrnd#

This event has been approved for 1.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education activity credit.
Please notify us at Registration if you are requesting CLE credit.
Members of the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors should contact the CRAAR for more information.  Scholarships are availabe for CRAAR members.

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 Welcome
  • Karl Cassell, Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission
  • Ron Corbett, Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Snooks Bouska, Mayor, City of Marion
9:00 Keynote
  • Betty Bottiger, Region VII Director, Housing and Urban Development
10:00 An Overview of Fair Housing Law.
  • A discussion of recent court and administrative decisions. Areas of emphasis will include prohibited practices, protected classes and issues relating to persons with disabilities and families.
  • Professor Allison Bethel, Clinical Professor, Director, Fair Housing Clinic, The John Marshall Law School
11:00 The Fair Housing Act, Persons with Disabilities, Animals and Pets.
  1. This session will examine and compare federal, state and local laws that govern the rights of persons with disabilities to live with or be accompanied in public by animals who provide service, support, assistance or companionship. The workshop will focus on how to apply the federal Fair Housing Act, Iowa Civil Rights Act, Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Ordinance, Iowa's Rights of Persons with Disabilities law, and Dangerous Wild Animals law. Parrots and pooches and pigs, oh my!
  2. Professor Len Sandler, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
12:00 Lunch
  • Accessibility to and within Housing: Applicable Laws and Regulations for Dwellings and Common Areas.
  • This session will cover The Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendments and The Fair Housing Act and Amendments, including purpose and overview, specific regulations to housing, common and public area regulations, and animals for companionship and service. We will also talk about the influence and confluence of related laws for persons with disabilities.
  • Jim de Jong, Executive Director and Principal Investigator, Great Plains ADA Center
1:00 Credit Reports: The Good, the Bad, the Bottom Line.
  • We will discuss information contained in a credit report, credit scoring, interpreting credit history – what’s important, what’s not, reading between the lines, and improving credit – creating opportunities.
  • Scott Shook, Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Horizons
  • Turkey Sandwich on French Baguette
  • Walnut Chicken Salad on Croissant
  • Vegetarian Sandwich on Sourdough Bread
Lunch includes sandwich, fresh fruit, chips, and a cookie

If you have questions about this event, please contact the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission at 319-286-5036.  I, Robin Tucker, am one of the eleven local residents that currently serves on the City's Civil Rights Commission.  My father, I.L. "Tommy" Tucker had the pleasure of being one of the original commissioners, when Cedar Rapids began to promote equal opportunity and civil rights in our community.  He served the Commission as a volunteer Commissioner for 32 years.