OHC and FHEO Conference
Fair Housing 2021: What Counselors Need to Know

November 16-17, 2021

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Who Should Attend

This joint virtual conference is open to all HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and their counselors.

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What to Expect

HUD’s Offices of Housing Counseling (OHC) and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) are hosting a joint virtual conference for housing counselors to become knowledgeable about Fair Housing requirements, or for those who would like a refresher.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Session 1

Opening with OHC DAS and FHEO DAS

12:00 – 12:30 PM EST

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Session 2

Fair Housing in Practice: Responsibilities, Guidance, and Tools

12:30 – 2:00 PM EST

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Session 3

Credit and Lending Discrimination Under the ECOA and FHA

2:30 – 3:30 PM EST

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Session 4

Reaching Limited English Proficient (LEP) Populations

4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Session 1

Rights for Persons with Disabilities

12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

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Session 2

LGBTQ+ Protections Under the Fair Housing Act and in HUD Programs

1:30 – 2:30 PM EST

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Session 3

Fair Housing in Disaster Recovery

3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

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Session 4

Closing and Final Q&A

4:00 – 4:45 PM EST

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Detailed Agendas

Opening with OHC DAS and FHEO DAS

Tuesday, November 16, 2021: 12:00 – 12:30 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

The two-day conference kicks off with opening remarks from David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistance Secretary with the HUD Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) and DeAndra Cullen, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). Both will be discussing the fair housing priorities for their offices.

Speakers:

  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD Office of Housing Counseling
  • DeAndra Cullen, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Legislative Initiatives, and Outreach, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, Community Development, ICF
  • Olivia Healey, Analyst, Community Development, ICF

Fair Housing in Practice: Responsibilities, Guidance, and Tools

Tuesday, November 16, 2021: 12:30 – 2:00 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

In this session, the responsibilities of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and its role in enforcing fair housing policies and processing complaints will be explained. Housing counselors will also receive guidance in identifying potential fair housing violations, when and where to refer clients for help, and what tools are available to support them and their agencies.

Speakers:

  • Erika Grant, Enforcement Branch Chief, Region VIII, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Community Development Specialist, ICF

Credit and Lending Discrimination Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Fair Housing Act

Tuesday, November 16, 2021: 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) prohibits credit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because of receiving public assistance. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits lending discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. This session will include an overview of the Acts and fair lending practices that housing counselors need to understand, and offers practical examples of how they can best support their clients to avoid discrimination. Note: The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has also been invited to present.

Speakers:

  • Danielle Sievers, Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office of Systemic Investigation, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Karen Hoskins, Lead Community Development Consultant, ICF

Reaching Limited English Proficient (LEP) Populations

Tuesday, November 16, 2021: 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

HUD Housing counseling agencies must take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to their programs and activities by limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. In this session, the Fair Housing implications of LEP will be discussed along with available tools and resources that help support equal access to services by all clients.

Speakers:

  • Nelson Patterson, Program Analyst, Education and Outreach Division, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, Community Development, ICF
  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Community Development Specialist, ICF

Rights for Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, November 17, 2021: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all types of housing transactions. The Act’s definition of disability includes physical and mental impairments that limit one or more major life activity. In this session counselors will receive guidance on reasonable modifications and reasonable accommodations, including rights to assistance animals.

Speakers:

  • Michele Hutchins, Equal Opportunity Specialist, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Karen Hoskins, Lead Community Development Consultant, ICF

LGBTQ+ Protections Under the Fair Housing Act and in HUD Programs

Wednesday, November 17, 2021: 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity. In this session learn more about how the Fair Housing Act applies to the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community, equal access to housing protections, HUD’s Equal Access Rules, and how to identify if your client’s rights may have been infringed and how your agency can be of support.

Speakers:

  • Joseph Carroll, Program Analyst, Program Standards Compliance, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Community Development Specialist, ICF

Fair Housing in Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, November 17, 2021: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

Fair Housing considerations can be made before a disaster happens, ensuring all protected class groups are considered, especially those typically marginalized. When disasters happen, individuals and families can be displaced and in need of temporary housing. The Fair Housing Act includes protections against discrimination for people who need temporary housing and shelter in the aftermath of a disaster. Learn what you need to know to protect the rights of your clients before and when a disaster strikes.

Speakers:

  • Lynn Grosso, Director, Office of Enforcement and Programs, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Olivia Healey, Analyst, Community Development, ICF

Closing and Final Q&A

Wednesday, November 17, 2021: 4:00 – 4:45 PM EST

Session Description

Facilitators and Speakers

In this closing session, David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistance Secretary with the HUD Office of Housing Counseling and DeAndra Cullen, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, will conclude the conference with closing remarks and questions.

Speakers:

  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD Office of Housing Counseling
  • DeAndra Cullen, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Legislative Initiatives, and Outreach, HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, Community Development, ICF
  • Olivia Healey, Analyst, Community Development, ICF