COCAR: Fair Housing Month

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The Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS® is co-hosting the 2017 Oklahoma Fair Housing & Health Equity Seminar titled: “Design & Construction: Disability and Accessibility Housing.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Reed Conference Center, 5750 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City. The event has been approved for 3 hours of fair housing continuing education for REALTORS® as well as two hours of continuing education for attorneys and three hours of continuing education for social workers, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

April is traditionally designated as Fair Housing Month and this year marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are leasing or purchasing housing as well as when they are obtaining financing. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and households with children. REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all individuals.

“The Board of Directors of the Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS® supports the Fair Housing Declaration instituted by the National Association of REALTORS®. Our partnership with the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign in this event is one of the ways we take a positive approach to fair housing practices,” stated Andrea Frymire, Board President. “We strive to develop, support and implement fair housing practices and training within our community.”

The 2017 seminar will give a comprehensive review of accessible housing needs for persons with disabilities as well as the federal housing laws and regulations that impact housing, health and quality of life.

Patrick Banis, J.D., Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, will be the feature speaker. The seminar will also include presentations on the City of OKC Strong Neighborhood Initiative, Oklahoma’s Accessible Housing Needs as researched in the Oklahoma Statewide Housing Needs Assessment and a Case Study: Tracking Housing Accessibility Requirements.

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