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Reminder: FAIR HOUSING TRAINING

Presented by the Regional Homeless Councils and the Maine CoC Resource Committee

Presenter: Patricia Ender, Esq. from Pine Tree Legal

When: 9:00-11:00 am, Friday, December 13, 2019

Locations: Live presentation at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta

Update: There will only be one group site available (see below).

An additional “GoToMeeting” group site with video is available at:

Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street in Portland

If you are unable to attend one of the in-person locations, please register for the GoToWebinar at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3345715329406316045

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We also wanted to make sure everyone knows that we have corrected the sound quality issues from the last training. There won’t be an opportunity to ask questions via audio, but there will be a text chat option available.

What do renters and landlords need to know?  This training will cover:

  • fair housing laws
  • your rights as a renter
  • assistance and therapy animals (in housing and at emergency shelters)
  • reasonable accommodations landlords are sometimes required to make.

Who should attend?

Landlords, housing providers, shelter staff, General Assistance staff, case managers, and anyone who is concerned about fair treatment and housing rights.

Any questions? Contact Resource Committee Co-Chairs, Mike Mooney-  or Norman Maze- 

I am also including the joint statement on Reasonable Accommodations under the Fair Housing Act between the US Dept. of Justice and US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. This statement explains expectations for Reasonable Accommodations in Housing and includes examples.

Fair Housing Training

Presented by the Regional Homeless Councils and the Maine CoC Resource Committee

Presenter: Patricia Ender, Esq. from Pine Tree Legal

When: 9:00-11:00 am, Friday, December 13, 2019

Locations: Live presentation at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta

Additional “GoToMeeting” group sites with video are available at:

  • Community Health and Counseling Services, 42 Cedar Street, Rm. 304 in Bangor
  • Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street in Portland

If you are unable to attend one of the in-person locations, please register for the GoToWebinar at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3345715329406316045

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We also wanted to make sure everyone knows that we have corrected the sound quality issues from the last training. There won’t be an opportunity to ask questions via audio, but there will be a text chat option available.

What do renters and landlords need to know?  This training will cover:

  • fair housing laws
  • your rights as a renter
  • assistance and therapy animals (in housing and at emergency shelters)
  • reasonable accommodations landlords are sometimes required to make.

Who should attend?

Landlords, housing providers, shelter staff, General Assistance staff, case managers, and anyone who is concerned about fair treatment and housing rights.

Any questions? Contact Resource Committee Co-Chairs, Mike Mooney- or Norman Maze-

LGBTQ/ HUD Equal Access Rule Training (September 13, 2019)

Attached are the final slides from the LGBTQ/ HUD Equal Access Training held on September 13, 2019.

The first attachment is the Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression presented by Ophelia Hu Kinney from the Reconciling Ministries Network.

The second is the HUD Equal Access Rule portion of the training presented by Mary Bonauto from GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).

The link below is the full training with audio. Since we had some challenges with sound quality, you can decide if you would like to take in the training using this revised version (audio cleaned up a bit).

https://mainehousing.instructuremedia.com/embed/e336f98d-d35e-40db-a886-2cb298b60cc9

Reminder: MCoC Meeting Thursday, October 17

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting next Thursday, October 17th, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at three locations:

MaineHousing, 353 Water St, Augusta
New Beginnings, 134 College Street, Lewiston
Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street, Portland

You may also attend via GoToMeeting, for those not able to make it to one of the meeting rooms.

See the agenda packet for details including the GoToMeeting link and call-in number…and please remember…you can use your computer audio or you can use the conference phone line – but you cannot use both!

And double please mute your phone or computer when you are not speaking.

Thanks!

Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs (HUD)

Please join the Resource Committee on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for a training on Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. 

This training will be held at MaineHousing, but also available via video at the following sites:

  • Community Health and Counseling Services, 42 Cedar St, Rm 304 in Bangor
  • Shalom House, 106 Gilman St. in Portland
  • Sunrise Economic Council, 7 Ames Way in Machias

On September 21, 2016, HUD published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled “Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs.” Through this final rule, HUD ensures equal access to individuals in accordance with their gender identity in programs and shelter funded under programs administered by HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). This rule builds upon HUD’s February 2012 final rule entitled “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity” (2012 Equal Access Rule), which aimed to ensure that HUD’s housing programs would be open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. The final rule requires that recipients and subrecipients of CPD funding, as well as owners, operators, and managers of shelters, and other buildings and facilities and providers of services funded in whole or in part by any CPD program to grant equal access to such facilities, and other buildings and facilities, benefits, accommodations and services to individuals in accordance with the individual’s gender identity, and in a manner that affords equal access to the individual’s family.

See the attached flyer for more details.

Norm Maze

VAWA Presentation Slides

As promised, the slides from the Regions I & II Violence Against Women Act presentation are attached.

During the training, there was a question about domestic violence and mandatory reporting. The best course of action to take is to consult your supervisor to ensure that you follow your agency guidelines and/or professional requirements with regards to mandatory reporting.

Thank you for your participation in Maine CoC Resource Committee trainings!

Norm Maze, Resource Committee Co-Chair