December 2013 newsletter now available
Download our December newsletter!
The latest edition of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center’s newsletter is now available to download.
The newsletter has information about grants awarded to MVFHC and Dayton fair housing groups, our seminar at the Home Improvement Show, New guidance on Design and Construction Requirements under the Fair Housing Act, and practice tips for rental screening. Also included is the book corner featuring This is Our House.
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HUD awards $390K to Dayton fair housing groups
Funding will support Welcome Dayton initiative
November 7, 2013 — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $390,000 over a 24-month period to Dayton organizations to further the city’s Welcome Dayton initiative, educational workshops, and other programs meant to stop unfair and discriminatory housing practices.
Part of grants provided nationwide by HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program, the funds will bolster the following agencies’ activities in the region:
- The Dayton Human Relations Council, which will help to implement the Welcome Dayton plan that aims to make the city more immigrant-friendly
- The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, which will use $155,000 to conduct workshops and training programs on fair housing and to conduct systemic investigations and to test fair housing practices in the Deaf and LGBT communities
HUD provided nearly $979,000 to Ohio organizations.
Foreclosure Defenses, Claims and Resources to Ensure the Best Outcome for Homeowners
The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, in partnership with the HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, is offering a continuing legal education class to attorneys and legal staff who want to be better equipped and knowledgeable about the mortgage foreclosure crisis, what can be done to assist Ohio homeowners facing foreclosure on their primary residence, and what resources are available to assist the attorneys in private practice and their staffs.
The course is being offered, free of charge, to attorneys or legal staff from the Dayton and Miami Valley Area. The date for the class is Friday, December 13 from 8:30am - 12:00pm. For more information about the course and to register online, go to mvfairhousing.com/cle.
HUD awards $325,000 grant to MVFHC
Grant enables continuation of lending/foreclosure program
September 25, 2013 — Through its Fair Housing Initiatives Program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $325,000 lending discrimination grant to the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC) and its partner HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton.
The grant augments both organizations’ existing fair lending enforcement and complaint activities. It also allows the continuation of the Predatory Lending Solutions and Foreclosure Prevention project, which provides legal services to individuals who are victims of lending discrimination and assists homeowners facing foreclosure by offering intervention services to attempt to keep them in their homes whenever possible.
In addition, HUD also announced the continued funding of a 3-year private enforcement grant that was originally awarded to MVFHC in 2011 and that runs through December 2014.
Previous news items are available here.
Resources and useful links
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.
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
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