NFHTA is pleased to announce the latest edition of the NFHTA Digest!
The June edition includes:
- The history of the NFHTA logo
- An interview with NFHTA Faculty member, Jason Auer
- Details about the newly improved NFHTA Resource Library
- Materials from the April and June National Fair Housing Forums
- A list of upcoming NFHTA courses and forums
The Story Behind the NFHTA Logo
"A picture is worth a thousand words" is an adage that accurately describes the NFHTA logo that was intentionally crafted to ensure it would resonate with fair housing professionals and respectfully represent the important work done to promote housing equity for families across the country.
The NFHTA Logo Design team reviewed logos used by other fair housing organizations so as not to unintentionally design a logo that might be too similar to others. It was also essential to convey equity while also expressing empowerment and leadership. The incorporation of these elements was critical to reflecting the Academy’s commitment to addressing the needs and building the wisdom of fair housing practitioners—those working to end housing discrimination in communities across the nation.
Seven Federally Protected Classes
The seven blocks represent these federally protected classes. While state and local governments may include additional protections, NFHTA provides training and technical assistance to fair housing practitioners related to the seven federally protected classes under the Fair Housing Act:
- National Origin
- Familial Status
The strategic arrangement of the blocks demonstrates NFHTA’s dedication to supporting and developing skilled practitioners who are ready to ensure opportunity for all. Their vertical arrangement recalls specific design elements of the HUD logo.
This is an important distinction in as equality suggests each person or group should be given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the specific resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
Defending Civil Rights
Another key design element is the badge-shaped outline. Initially, the badge was conceptualized as more of a shield with sharp edges, but evolved to a badge-like outline. The badge pays respect to the work that fair housing practitioners do to defend civil rights and to reinforce the idea that fair housing is the law.
The NFHTA colors were thoughtfully considered as well. A combination of green and blue was selected to align with the HUD logo.
Blue evokes a steadfast tone, community authority, and seriousness, while green is seen as representing growth, abundance, and freshness.
Final NFHTA Logo
In pulling it all together, careful consideration resulted in the inclusion of the full title, “National Fair Housing Training Academy” in the logo along with different font weights to delineate and draw attention to both National Fair Housing and Training Academy.
The final result is a striking logo with a lot of meaning and intention behind it.
Meet the NFHTA Faculty: Jason Auer, Esq.
For more than nine years, Jason has focused on litigating housing discrimination, civil rights, subsidized housing, eviction defense, and foreclosure defense. He created, built, and led Arkansas’s only private Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) representing complainants in enforcing meritorious claims of housing discrimination, engaging community partners by providing education and outreach, and conducting fair housing investigations across Arkansas.
In 2019, Jason assisted a group of tenants who immigrated from the Marshall Islands in bringing an administrative fair housing complaint for national origin discrimination against a Northwest Arkansas apartment complex. After more than a year of investigation and litigation, he helped secure multiple conciliation agreements which provided for nearly $70,000 in cash payments and debt forgiveness to the tenants and required the apartment complex to affirmatively market to the Marshallese community and track racial statistics at the complex to ensure that the discrimination stopped.
Jason continues his advocacy and support for fair housing through his role in developing and delivering courses for NFHTA. Let’s learn more about Jason!
What brought you to fair housing work?
What is the most satisfying part of being an instructor for NFHTA?
What is one piece of advice you have for a new practitioner working in fair housing?
What is the most emergent issue that you see within fair housing and fair lending now?
As a leader and voice in the FHIP community, what advice do you have to strengthen partnerships with FHAPs?
Pro Tips for FHIPs and FHAPs: Utilizing the Improved NFHTA Searchable Resource Library
NFHTA aspires to be a trusted resource for fair housing practitioners. The goal is for people to find the information they need and develop the skills required to pursue housing equality for all in their communities. In addition to offering the Instructor Led Courses and National Fair Housing Forums, NFHTA also recently released an improved searchable resource library containing resources curated to meet the daily needs of FHIPs and FHAPs. Below are some of the key features of this extensive, comprehensive, carefully curated, and easily accessible collection of resources.
In Case You Missed It...
Now Available: April and June National Fair Housing Forum Materials
Meaningful Collaboration to Advance Housing Equity: A June Homeownership Event
On June 15, 2022, NFHTA hosted the National Fair Housing Forum: Meaningful Collaboration to Advance Housing Equity: A June Homeownership Event.
This forum discussed how local community organizations and individuals can connect the dots to ensure the American Dream for our neighbors.View the Forum Materials
National Fair Housing Forums
July 20, 2022 | 2:00 PM–4:00 PM ET
Save The Date | September National Fair Housing Forum
September 21, 2022 | 2:00 PM–4:00 PM ET