MVFHC work in neighborhoods damaged by foreclosures
documented by photographer Andy Snow
Newspaper article reports on results of Inclusive Community Fund’s first year
January 29, 2015 — A Dayton Daily News article, “Bank settlement fuels work in troubled neighborhoods,” tells of the work MVFHC has done so far in mitigating part of the damage done by poor maintenance of bank-owned foreclosures in local neighborhoods and also explains our collaboration with local photographer Andy Snow.
MVFHC’s program, which initially has focused on ZIP codes 45417 in the City of Dayton and 45426 in the City of Trotwood, is named the Inclusive Community Fund. Snow, who took before-and-after photos of the work as well as photos of some of the homeowners assisted, said in the article that “properties are being fixed and neighborhoods are being improved—and that’s the key.”
Dayton Daily News staff writer Thomas Gnau, who wrote the article, explains that Snow is “nationally known but locally based” and that Snow’s work has been used in many national publications. Snow used many tools to take the photos including ladders as well as a drone flown over the homes for aerial shots.
See more before and after shots on our ICF results page
Gnau quotes Amy Radachi, the CEO of Rebuilding Together Dayton, one of MVFHC’s partners in the ICF program, as saying that Snow’s “talent has enabled us to put a face on this project” and that “Andy has been phenomenal to work with.”
To see some of Snow’s photos and to read more about the results of the ICF’s first year, visit our ICF results page, which explains what we accomplished in the ICF’s down payment assistance, critical home repair/rehabilitation, accessibility modification and neighborhood quality of life programs.
Fair Housing Month keynote speaker
will be HUD Assistant Secretary Velasquez
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Sinclair Conference Center
Gustavo Velasquez, the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
will present the keynote address at MVFHC’s annual Fair Housing Month to be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Sinclair Conference Center.
This year’s event, presented in conjunction with the Dayton Area Board of REALTORS®, will focus on the theme “Fostering Inclusive Communities Strengthens the Housing Market.” The event includes educational workshops approved for continuing education for REALTORS® and other housing professionals, followed by a luncheon and the keynote presentation.
Visit our 2015 Fair Housing page for more information and to register!
Romney and disparate impact
January 9, 2015 — If hearing the name “Romney” makes you think of the 2012 Republican nominee for president, perhaps you don’t remember that Mitt’s father George Romney was HUD secretary during President Nixon’s administration.
In 1974 HUD Secretary Romney was party to a case against the city of Black Jack, Missouri, which relied on a federal rule stating that a disparate impact claim of action existed under the Fair Housing Act. United States v. City of Black Jack was appealed in the Eight Circuit, and that circuit and ten other federal circuits have agreed that disparate impact is covered under the Fair Housing Act.
In the article “Romney was Right About Disparate Impact” on SCOTUSblog, Myron Orfield, professor of law and director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota, explains George Romney’s and the Nixon HUD department’s position on disparate impact. Orfield also gives more about the history and importance of disparate impact in fair housing and explains why the Supreme Court should and, he thinks, will uphold it.
Read the whole article on SCOTUSblog.
Previous news items are available here.
Resources and useful links
Fair Housing webinars
In conjunction with the Greater Dayton Apartment Association, MVFHC is offering one-hour fair housing webinars on the third Thursday
of every month in 2015. For more information, visit our GDAA webinar page
Inclusive Community Fund
MVFHC’s Inclusive Community Fund
is working to help residents of ZIP codes 45417
with down payment assistance, home repair and rehabilitation, accessibility modifications, home improvement loans, and neighborhood quality of life grants. For more information, visit our ICF page
Reasonable Modifications and Accommodations
Have questions about what your rights or responsibilities are under the federal Fair Housing Act for persons with disabilities? Now available online in the Services/Reference section are joint statements from the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development that explain reasonable modifications
HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton
The Home Ownership Center
is a non-profit organization that empowers local residents to achieve and sustain homeownership and financial success. They’ve helped thousands of individuals and families meet their homeownership goals through a variety of services offered at low or no cost.
MVFHC provides legal counsel and advice at no cost for foreclosure cases involving residential mortgages.
If you have received a foreclosure complaint, call MVFHC at 937-223-6035.
If you are struggling with your mortgage payments but have not yet been served with a foreclosure notice, please contact the HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton at 937-853-1600.
Service Animal Policy
A Service Animal Policy
is now available available online in the Services/Reference section. The policy explains what service animals are and how they are a reasonable accommodation under the Federal Fair Housing Act and also provides practice guidelines for housing providers
and for tenants
Additional Landlord/Tenant info
Also, if you are a landlord or a tenant wanting information on your rights and duties under Ohio law, the Dayton-Montgomery County Ombudsman's Office has a page about landlord/tenant issues
Mobile Home Park residents
rights and responsibilities
A booklet outlining your rights and responsibilities when renting mobile homes or lots in mobile home parks is available on the Ohio Legal Services website
Fair Housing Advertising Word and Phrase List
A word and phrase list
intended as a guideline to assist in complying with state and federal fair housing laws is available online in the Services/Reference section.
Equal Housing Opportunity usage guidelines
on the usage of the "Equal Housing Opportunity" logo and slogan are available online in the Services/Reference section.
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that promotes compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. Visit www.fairhousingfirst.org
for instruction programs and useful online resources.
is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. To learn how you can save money in your home, visit www.energystar.gov
Copies of special reports such as Analyses of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice released by local jurisdictions as well as other reports done by MVFHC on zoning and predatory lending are available on the reports