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Free Workshops in Monroe for Community Awareness

Posted on 12. Sep, 2013 by

FHU

On September 19 and 20, at Emily P. Robinson Community Center, the Southside Community Involvement Association is partnering with the Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC), Rays of Sonshine and the Foundation for Louisiana to bring FHAC’s Fair Housing University (FHU) initiative to Monroe, LA.  Two workshops – free and open to the public – will provide important information about fair housing and Louisiana housing law to the general public of Monroe, including housing staff and volunteers for community based ministries and non-profits.

On September 19, 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, FHAC staff will present a training geared towards tenants and the general public. The three-hour training will review rights and responsibilities under federal fair housing and Louisiana landlord-tenant laws, with case studies related to tenants.  Topics will include protected groups and transactions under the Fair Housing Act, reasonable accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities, and discriminatory advertising and harassment.  This training will also cover tenants’ rights and responsibilities in relation to leases, repairs, and evictions under Louisiana law. 

On September 20, 2013, from 8:30am to 12:00pm, FHAC staff will present a training geared towards landlords and housing providers. The three-hour training will review rights and responsibilities under federal fair housing and Louisiana landlord-tenant laws, with case studies related to landlords and other housing providers.  Other topics will include protected groups and transactions under the Fair Housing Act, reasonable accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities, and compliant procedures for advertising, applicant screening, and resident relations. This training will also cover housing providers’ responsibilities in relation to leases, repairs, and evictions.

The free trainings are made possible with support from Foundation for Louisiana, Mid South Delta LISC and Rays of Sonshine, and would regularly cost upwards of $100 to attend.  For more information, please call Mrs. Berna Jones, SCIA – 318-387-1618 or Kim Golden – 318-372-4246.

The Southside Community Involvement Association is a neighborhood community group which works to improve conditions and address citizen concerns in south Monroe through volunteer self-help and grass-roots organizing.

Rays of Sonshine is a non-profit faith based organization providing a wide range of service and housing options for individuals and families in recovery from substance abuse.

The Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) is a private, non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to eradicating housing discrimination in Louisiana through education, investigation and enforcement activities. FHAC is dedicated to fighting housing discrimination not only because it is illegal, but also because it is a divisive force that perpetuates poverty, segregation, ignorance, fear and hatred.  More information is available at www.gnofairhousing.org or 877-445-2100.

Media Contacts:

Mrs. Berna Jones, SCIA – 318-387-1618

Kim Golden – 318-372-4246

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