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Craig Salminen
Director, Asset Management
Tel 785-217-2036
Fax 785-232-8084

Training & Events

KHRC is conducting Fair Housing Webinars in support of Fair Housing Month on the following dates:

April 8  9:00 am

April 15 1:30 pm

April 22 6:30 pm

Notification of the sign on requirements for the webinars will be sent to all interested parties via email.

 

 

Did you know?

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

What We Do:

KHRC 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, KHRC elicits information from the advisory group which includes Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce), Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

KHRC developed an analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice from a statewide survey conducted in 1996 and last updated in 2014. Subsequently, a Fair Housing Action Plan has been developed to address discrimination and assist in recording and reporting the survey results.

KHRC also attempts to coordinate activities from representatives from Housing and Urban Development, Rural Development, Kansas Department of Commerce, KHRC, KDHE, and representatives from other fair housing organizations across the state to further fair housing choice.

Action Plan

The Fair Housing Action Plan is part of the 2014-2018 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 should attempt to meet the design specifications in the Architectural Standards Guide.

Monthly Quote

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 25, 2015) -- The Justice Department announced Tuesday that Brisben Chimney Hills Limited Partnership and JRK Residential America LLC, the owners and the former manager of the Reserve apartment complex in Lenexa, Kansas, together with their named partner and agents, have agreed to pay $170,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The lawsuit alleged that defendants instituted policies at the Reserve and at other properties in Kansas and Missouri that discriminated against families with children. The lawsuit also alleged that a family was forced to leave the Reserve after they complained to management about the overly-restrictive policies.
     Under the proposed consent decree, which must still be approved by the U.S. District Court of Kansas, the defendants will pay $60,000 to the family that initiated the original complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), $100,000 into a victim fund to compensate other aggrieved families and $10,000 to the United States as a civil penalty. In addition, the proposed consent decree prohibits the defendants from discriminating in the future against families with children and requires the defendants to receive training on the requirements of the FHA.

 

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

KHRC promote links to other websites for agencies that support fair housing.

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