This page is about our 2017 event. Information about our 2018 event will be available here
Join the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center and the Dayton Area Board of REALTORS® for our annual celebration of Fair Housing Month. Register below
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Sinclair Conference Center
The event starts with three fair housing workshops accredited for continuing education for REALTORS®. This 2017 event also marks the first time that we have a class with HSW clock hours for architects.
The workshops are followed by our annual Fair Housing luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Kimberly Nevels
, Acting Regional Director of Region V for HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. In addition, spoken word artists Joseph LMS Green
and Pages Matam
are returning to Dayton to perform some of their work related to fair housing and social justice issues. Lastly, we will be honoring this year’s recipients of the Marie Kindrick
Fair Housing Awards.
Kimberly Nevels — Keynote speaker
is the Acting Regional Director of Region V for HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
The Chicago Center covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Kimberly supervises the staff responsible for the enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act, the investigation of complaints filed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, monitors recipients of HUD funds to ensure they are complying with their civil rights obligations. Ms. Nevels is also the grants technical representative of the Illinois and Michigan Fair Housing Assistance Programs.
Prior to her role as Center Director, Kim was the Region V Intake Branch Chief. Kim began her career in FHEO in December 2000 as a fair housing investigator. Kim earned her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL and her J.D. from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.
Joseph “MLS” Green
Joseph MLS Green
is a spoken word artist, educator, and motivational speaker. Over the past 10 years Joseph’s passion for youth development has led to him supporting young people in a multitude of facets. He the co-founder and former program manager of poetryN.O.W., an after school creative writing program that worked with students throughout the DC metropolitan area. After five years of successful programming, poetryN.O.W. was acquired by Split This Rock, a Washington DC based poetry and social justice organization, where Joseph now supervises youth programs in over 25 high schools. In his work with poetryN.O.W. and Split This Rock, Joseph has also crafted an extensive creative writing curriculum now used in classrooms throughout the country.
As a solo artist, Joseph has performed, hosted, and featured at venues and schools throughout the United States, including the White House and Kennedy Center. He has over ten years’ experience as a professional spoken word artist and writer. Joseph performed at our 2014 Fair Housing Month event and we are thrilled to have him returning. Learn more about Joseph on his website: www.josephlmsgreen.com
is a multidimensional creative writing and performance artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is a Write Bloody author, educator, activist, playwright, host, event organizer, award-winning slam poet, and—his greatest accomplishment—a father. Pages is also a proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic. Be prepared to be taken on a journey of cultural and personal discovery unapologetic in its silliness, yet visceral and beautifully honest in its storytelling.
As both an emcee & spoken word artist, the same versatility in his pen is also embodied in his performance. His features have included the Kennedy Center and the world-famous Apollo Theater, as well as numerous colleges and universities around the country. Pages has been a host at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC, since 2011 and a co-host/slam coordinator of the GraffitiDC Slam Series since 2010. Currently, if he is not somewhere rocking a stage, he works as a coach for the D.C. Youth Poetry Slam team and as a teaching artist and assistant coordinator for Youth Programs of the non-profit organization, Split This Rock. Learn more about Pages on his website: www.pagesmatam.com
|Marie Kindrick Fair Housing Awards|
was a remarkable woman who for nearly sixty years was committed to working for the rights of those who are under-represented. Her mother was from Indiana, and her father was an immigrant from Italy. Speaking of her childhood, Marie recalled that her neighborhoods in Cincinnati were totally diverse with everyone working and playing together, as it should be.
The first thing people who knew Marie remember is her big warmth and her generous spirit. She made her life a testament to the kind of work that we honor with these awards. As a REALTOR® in our community, she was a volunteer tutor for the DABR Partners in Education at Ruskin School and also taught English as a second language in Kettering Schools. She served on DABR’s Equal Opportunity Committee from 1992 until her untimely passing in May 1998. Each year we pay tribute to Marie Kindrick and honor her for the inspiration to work for fairness and equity for everyone by honoring a Community Professional, a Community Volunteer, and a REALTOR®.
|Fair Housing and Disability Awareness|
Workshop time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Participants will learn about 1) the history of disability rights and the connection to the people that proper accessible design serves; and, 2) the fair housing laws around accessibility, design and construction passed by Congress in 1988 and incorporated into Ohio state law in 1992. A panel of experts—including
local architect Jane Voisard
as well as Greg Kramer
, Assistant Director of the Access Center for Independent Living
— will lead discussions and hands-on exercises about the needs of people with mobility impairments and the laws that protect them from discrimination.
Almost half of all fair housing complaints in the past several years are related to disabilities, and many of those complaints are about design and construction violations. Thus the many housing professionals building and selling new housing covered by design and construction laws (e.g., multi-family buildings and single-floor condominiums) will benefit from learning more about this topic.
This course is approved for 3.0 hours of civil rights credit by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing. It also fulfills 3.25 HSW clock hours for architects licensed in Ohio through the Ohio Architects Board.
|Fair Housing Best Practices for REALTORS®|
Workshop time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
This course—developed in partnership with the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, the Michigan Association of REALTORS® and the National Fair Housing Alliance—is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of fair housing law through practical application and risk management strategies. The instructor will use interactive exercises and discussion about practical situations faced in the real world by real estate agents. Attendees will learn how to apply best practices in the fast-paced, high-stress digital environment of today’s housing industry.
Presenter: Liz Keegan
is the Director of Education & Outreach of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
is responsible for developing and implementing education and outreach activities for the general public, social service organizations, and the housing industry. She has recently instituted new annual fair housing events which draw many new participants into FHCWM’s fair housing educational programming. Since joining FHCWM, she has provided extensive, technical fair housing training to the housing industry in Michigan and surrounding states through technical fair housing training sessions covering lending, rental property management, property mainte-nance, advertising, real estate sales, and advanced topics upon request. Ms. Keegan specializes in the development and delivery of innovative new curricula for use in classrooms, for consumers and housing professionals
This course is approved for 3.0 hours of civil rights continuing education credit by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing.
|Fair Housing Implications for Community-Police Relations|
Workshop time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
This class explores issues surrounding housing, marginalized communities, and the impact on community-police relations. The presenters will talk about how long-term community disinvestment
caused by racial segregation and income leads to violence and poor community-police relations. Catherine Crosby
, Executive Director of the City of Dayton’s Human Relations Council
will lead the class.
This course is approved for 2.0 hours of elective continuing education credit by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing.
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