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Training & Events

In celebration of Fair Housing Month KHRC is sponsoring three fair housing webinars:

April 11-Fair Housing Rules

April 15-Issues for Maintenance Professionals

April 27-Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications

The cost to register is $10.00. More information to follow.

 

 

 

 

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.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced an agreement with a group of Connecticut landlords to resolve allegations they discriminated against families with children.  HUD reached the agreement with New Britain-based Green New Britain, LLC, and PBJ Management, and their on-site property manager for allegedly refusing to rent a two-bedroom apartment to a single mother and her two young children.  Read the agreement.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has children under the age of 18.  Housing may exclude children only if it meets the Fair Housing Act’s exemption for housing for senior citizens.

“When a property owner refuses to show an available unit to a family because they have children, they’re not only denying them a housing opportunity, they’re violating the law,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “No one should have to hide who they are or who their family is while looking for a place to live.  This agreement reaffirms HUD’s commitment to ensuring that housing providers treat all applicants the same, regardless of gender, race or family status.”

The case came to HUD’s attention when a single mother of four-year-old twin boys filed a complaint alleging that Green New Britain, LLC denied her the opportunity to rent a two-bedroom unit in Greenview Apartments because she has children.  The woman filed her complaint with the help of Connecticut Fair Housing Center, a HUD partner under the Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). According to the complaint, after learning that she has two sons, Greenview’s property manager told her that there would be some clean-up involved and that he would get back to her.  But the manager never did.

Two weeks later, the woman’s mother called the property manager on her daughter’s behalf.  When the mother reminded him that her daughter has two children, the manager allegedly said that he would need to consult with his wife, who would not be back in town for two weeks.

Suspecting discrimination, the woman then asked her cousin to call about the unit. According to the complaint, when the property manager asked the cousin who would be living there, she explained that it was for her and her husband. The property manager then allegedly offered to show her the apartment the next day.

Under the Conciliation Agreement, Green New Britain, LLC, will pay the mother $19,500 and modify its website to state that families with children are welcome. Green New Britain, LLC, also agreed to amend its advertising policy to clearly state that families with children are welcome, modify its leasing procedures to ensure that families with children are treated fairly, and have staff attend fair housing training.

 

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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