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FHUFAIR HOUSING UNIVERSITY (FHU) is an educational initiative of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) that provides comprehensive education about fair housing to hundreds of individuals in a variety of stakeholder groups.  GNOFHAC provides a combination of regularly scheduled public trainings and private trainings tailored to the needs of partner organizations. Recipients of these trainings include landlords, real estate agents, management staff, mental health service providers, tenants, neighborhood associations, and many more.

AVAILABLE PRIVATE TRAININGS:

The following is a selection of trainings that the Fair Housing Action Center offers on a private consultation basis. We can customize a training to the needs of your company or organization.  Contact Stephanie at sjackson [at] gnofairhousing.org or (504) 708-2109 today to discuss the possibilities!

Fair Housing 101 for Small Landlords

  • This customizable workshop for small landlords will provide a comprehensive review of a housing provider’s responsibilities under local and federal fair housing law, including case studies that pertain to small landlords. Topics covered will include protected classes and transactions under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), protections for people with disabilities, discriminatory harassment, advertising, resident relations and rules, and application and screening procedures.

How to Avoid a Predatory Loan

  • This customizable training provides an overview of the lending process and how predatory lending can occur. This training goes in to detail to explain how a predatory loan can be a fair housing violation, how it can affect equity, what it might look like, when predatory lending might occur, and most importantly detailed steps that can be taken to avoid a predatory loan.

Mortgages and Natural Disasters

  • This hour and a half training covers information on how to prepare your home for a natural disaster and what steps to take after a natural disaster. This training includes guidance on understanding your homeowners insurance, deductibles, and the claim process after a natural disaster.

Avoiding Foreclosure and Foreclosure Scams

  • This customizable training offers information on avoiding foreclosure, resources for those facing foreclosure, and legal protections against foreclosure under the Fair Housing Act. The training will also cover how to spot and avoid a foreclosure scam, and additional resources for those who have been the victim of a foreclosure scam.

Fair Housing 101 for the Management Team

  • This half-day workshop for apartment complex management and maintenance staff will provide a comprehensive review of a housing provider’s responsibilities under fair housing law. Topics covered will include protected classes and transactions, reasonable modification and accommodation for people with disabilities, discriminatory harassment, and creating advertisements that comply with fair housing laws. The training will can also cover relevant landlord-tenant law including unit entry notification and maintenance responsibilities.

Fair Housing Review for Lending Institutions

  • A half-day training tailored to employees of banks and other lending institutions.  Participants will review the basics of the Fair Housing Act with examples and best practices from the lending industry.  Covered topics include protected classes and transactions and fair housing-compliant marketing techniques.

Mortgage Default 101

  • Our fair housing specialists and HUD-certified housing counselors will train your foreclosure and collections staff in various techniques and best practices for handling mortgage default situations in ways that are compliant with the Fair Housing Act.

Fair Housing 101 for Service Providers

  • This customizable training is tailored to service providers and case managers who work with people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, individuals with a history of alcohol or substance abuse, and homeless individuals.  The training will cover basic protections under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the reasonable modification and accommodation requirement for people with disabilities.  Other covered topics include the definition of “disability” under the FHA, how the FHA applies to the shelter system, and how the FHA treats substance abuse and alcoholism.

The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House

  • The Fair Housing Action Center offers a variety of workshops for schools and youth-serving organizations that teach students about civil rights and equity. Visit www.fairhousingfive.org to read about FHAC’s children’s book and educational programming for young people.