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Craig Salminen
Director, Rental Compliance
Tel 785-217-2036
Fax 785-232-8084

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Did you know?

April of each year has been declared Fair Housing month in Kansas.

What We Do:

The Fair Housing Team seeks to inform housing providers and consumers about fair housing rights and responsibilities, encourage State-funded housing providers to promote fair housing choice, and enlist decision-makers to advance the cause of fair housing.

Discrimination is defined by the Kansas Human Rights Commission as any direct or indirect exclusion, distinction, segregation, limitation, refusal, denial, or any other differentiation or preference in the treatment of a person or persons on account of race or color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, familial status, or disability and/or, but not be limited to, any practice that produces a demonstrable racial or ethnic effect without a valid business purpose.

Who We Help:

Those helped include all Kansans who exercise the right of choice, the right to live where they want to live, to raise a family or own a home in dignity and without fear of discrimination. Apartment dwellers and homeowners, property managers, real estate agents, interest groups, and individuals, all benefit from the educational information and training workshops offered.

How It Works:

The final rule for the Consolidated Plan, issued on January 5, 1995, requires all states and entitlement communities to complete an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice and submit the report to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In response to this mandate, the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation created the Fair Housing Team. The team acts as an advisory group to the Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce), Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

The Fair Housing Team developed an analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice from a statewide survey conducted in 1996 and last updated in 2009. Subsequently, a Fair Housing Action Plan has been developed to address discrimination report in the survey results.

The Fair Housing Team consists of representatives from Commerce, KHRC, KDHE, and representatives from fair housing organizations across the state. The team generally meets on a quarterly basis to coordinate activities that will further fair housing choice in Kansas. 

Action Plan

The Fair Housing Action Plan is part of the 2009-2013 Consolidated Plan which addresses the Action Plan, outlines the market inventory, and identifies population need. 

Enforcement

The primary responsibility of enforcement is assigned to Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Alleged fair housing discriminatory activities should be addressed to the Fair Housing Enforcement Branch.

Construction

Fair Housing construction applies to all buildings with four or more units (some exceptions apply). Property owners of all types and sizes of complexes should strive to meet the accessibility requirements at Federal and Local levels. Complexes built with funds provided or allocated by KHRC must also meet the design specifications in the Architectural Standards Guide.

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In new multifamily housing, 100% of the units in a building with an elevator must be accessible. If a building does not have an elevator, all of the ground floor units in the building (regardless of the percentage or number of units) must be accessible. In rare instances, sites may have steep terrain or unusual characteristics that make it impractical for some units to be made accessible.

Fair Housing First (HUD)

 

HUD Launches First Fair Housing App!

HUD's new mobile application will help the public, housing industry learn about fair housing rights and responsibilities. Read more here!

Tenants

Landlords-Owners-Managers

Effectively understand, monitor, and promote Fair Housing.

Laws

Fair Housing Laws are a complex set of rules and regulations that affect applicants, tenants, home owners and buyers alike.

Additional Resources

The Fair Housing Team and KHRC promote links to other websites for agencies that support fair housing.

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