Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

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8:45 — 11:45am

Challenging Implicit Bias

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  How does this impact housing opportunity in our community?  What can be done to challenge implicit bias in order to ensure fairness and equity in our housing and credit markets, now and into the future?  This workshop will feature presentations from Jillian Olinger (Director, Division of Housing & Civic Engagement, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University,) and Kelly Capatosto ‎(Senior Research Associate, ‎Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University), co-authors of a recent report “Challenging Race as Risk: How Implicit Bias undermines housing opportunity in America—and what we can do about it”.  They will share information from the report, help attendees understand and recognize implicit bias, and discuss ways to move forward.  Amy Nelson (Executive Director, Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana) will join the panel to discuss current fair housing trends, common fair housing sales and lending violations, and best practices.  This workshop is geared toward housing industry professionals (Realtors, apartment managers/owners, mortgage lenders, etc.) and others interested in fair housing compliance strategies and risk management; however, all are welcome! (Note: Continued education credits for real estate brokers and salespersons will be sought). 

Fighting for the Future of Fair Housing

The federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 was passed in a time of turmoil, conflict, and often conflagration in cities across the nation.  It took the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to finally secure its passage. The Kerner Commission warned in 1968 that "to continue present policies is to make permanent the division of our country into two societies; one largely Negro and poor, located in the central cities; the other, predominantly white and affluent, located in the suburbs and outlying areas". This timely workshop will be anchored by Lisa Rice (Executive Vice President – National Fair Housing Alliance), who will frame a conversation around sustaining the momentum of fair housing in west Michigan, especially given the rising concerns around the future of our cities and equal access for all persons to housing and related opportunities.  Ms. Rice is a contributor to and will share information from a new book, The Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act that tells the stories that led to the Act’s passage and looks forward from the perspective of the nation’s leading fair housing activists and scholars. This workshop may interest community advocates, housing industry professionals, policy makers, educators, community development groups and human service agencies; however, all are welcome!

Changing Assumptions about Housing for Seniors

Housing remains one of the most critical decisions that an older adult makes.  What opportunities are lost when assumptions are made about a person’s housing needs or wants?  What risks are taken by acting on those assumptions?  How do we work to change assumptions and promote housing choice and opportunity for seniors?  This workshop will open with a legal update featuring fair housing cases in senior housing from civil rights attorney Yiyang Wu (Associate, Relman, Dane & Colfax).  Alan Headbloom (Owner – Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication) will join the panel to highlight common assumptions made based on a person’s age or disability, to provide an understanding of cultural assumptions, and to assist participants in finding ways to identify and challenge such behavior.  This workshop is made possible through the support of the Kent County Senior Millage.  This workshop may appeal to people with disabilities, seniors, civil rights/disability rights advocates, housing providers, those serving seniors or people with disabilities, and others interested in aging in place; however, all are welcome!  (Note: Continued education credits for social workers will be sought).  

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