Registration is open for the 2013 Fair Housing Conference being sponsored by the Fair Housing Project and the Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board. The conference will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with breakfast and lunch being provided. This year’s conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center, located at 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
The keynote speaker will be Bryan Greene, General Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Additional panels at the conference will be:
“Building Bridges: Supportive Housing and Communities of Color”
Expanding the availability of housing for disabled persons improves and enriches the lives not only of residents but of our cities in general as well. Are all communities being equally affected by the expansion of such housing opportunities? This plenary will discuss how communities of color and supportive housing providers and residents can better work together to increase the availability of needed supportive housing. It will also address fair housing issues and concerns.
“Overcoming Criminal Records as a Barrier to Housing”
Criminal history policies in North Carolina have created substantial barriers to affordable housing for adults and juveniles with criminal records; which can range from charges that were dismissed to misdemeanor and felony convictions. This workshop will discuss how these policies have isolated individuals from affordable housing (focusing on the disproportionate impact upon African American and Latino persons) and how requiring reasonable limitations on criminal history policies can reduce barriers to successful re-entry.
“New Perspectives: Housing Challenges Faced by African and Asian Immigrants”
Census data reveal that North Carolina is becoming more diverse, with a greater number of both Asian and African immigrants. This workshop will discuss housing problems experienced by these immigrant communities. Panelists will focus on cultural and language barriers, the unique challenges these communities face in North Carolina, and successful attempts to address housing discrimination against them.
Pre-registration in required, and attendees must be 18 years or older. Register online or download a registration form by visiting the City of Raleigh’s conference registration page. There is a non-refundable registration fee.
Early registration (before April 12) is $10 for Wake County residents and $25 for non-Wake County residents.
Late registration is $15 for Wake County residents and $30 for non-Wake County residents.
For more information on the conference, contact Stacey Lundy at the City of Raleigh or Jewette Williams at the Fair Housing Project.