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NFHTA Forum | Meaningful Collaboration to Advance Housing Equity: A June Homeownership Event


June 15, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT




"...let me simply say I believe by working together, we as civil rights and counseling professionals can and will make a difference. It is our hope, both at FHEO and the Office of Housing Counseling, that when we work collaboratively, whether it's FHIPs and FHAPs or housing counseling agencies, that through all our programs, we'll be able to ensure this. And in so doing, we'll augment our ability to serve our communities, bridge the homeownership gap, and realize Dr. Martin Luther King's and Walter Mondale's vision for our country. Dr. King once stated that the time is always right to do what is right. And to quote the famous maxim, if not us, who? And if not now, when?"

David Berenbaum, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling, HUD

For more than 50 years, HUD approved Housing Counseling Agencies have held unique roles in helping consumers across America make informed housing decisions. HUD's Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) supports a nationwide network of nearly 2,000 Housing Counseling Agencies, which are tasked with providing individuals and families with the knowledge they need to obtain, sustain, and improve their housing. This includes providing tools to current and prospective homeowners and renters so they may make informed choices to address their housing needs. HUD Certified Housing Counselors are impartial, trained professionals who help consumers make the decisions that are right for them. They provide homeowner education, pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling, fair housing information, and a host of other services.

The National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) and HUD's Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) hosted a public forum that commemorated the 20th year celebrating June National Homeownership Month, and discussed how local community organizations, and individuals can connect the dots to ensure the American Dream for our neighbors. Panelists shared ways to move the needle in promoting homeownership and addressing the racial wealth gap in low-income minority communities, including review of consent agreements, community benefit agreements, and litigation levers that FHIPs and FHAPs can utilize to promote homeownership in strategically targeted areas. Over 519 fair housing partners joined in this conversation.


  1. Welcome from moderator, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
  2. Opening remarks by Demetria McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
  3. Opening remarks by David Berenbaum, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling, HUD
  4. Introduction of panelists:
    • Ibijoke Akinbowale, Director of Community Impact, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
    • Caroline Peattie, Executive Director, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
    • Lautaro "Lot" Diaz, Vice President of Housing & Financial Empowerment, UnidosUS
  5. Presentation and discussion by panelists on:
    • Defining Housing Counseling and services provided
    • Recognizing the intersections between FHIP/FHAP and Housing Counseling
    • Leveraging Housing Counseling to combat the racial wealth divide
    • Outlining fair housing issues frequently encountered in Housing Counseling
    • Analyzing fact patterns or trends in Housing Counseling that need to be brought to FHIP/FHAPs
    • Best Practices of how fair housing organizations can support fair lending
    • Sharing tools to provide language access to persons who are Limited English Proficient (LEP)
    • Addressing fair housing issues in LEP communities
    • Best practices on culturally and linguistically relevant counseling and education
    • How Housing Counseling affirmatively furthers fair housing
  6. Question and answer session moderated by Ms. Hill

A video of the forum has been posted on this page, along with a transcript of the conversation and a robust resources list for your continued reference.

Learning Objectives

  • Build understanding of the HUD Certified Housing Agencies and the services they provide
  • Recognize the fair housing intersection in the vocations of the FHIP/FHAPs and housing counseling organizations
  • Know about fair housing issues that housing counselors encounter and how to support in addressing potential violations.
  • Have tools to provide language access to persons who are Limited English Proficient (LEP).
  • Highlight best practices for how fair housing organizations support fair lending enforcement.
  • Understand how FHIP/FHAP agencies and housing counseling organizations can collaborate to affirmatively further fair housing.


This forum is targeted to HUD-funded fair housing organizations (i.e., FHIP and FHAP professionals), fair housing partners (e.g., housing counselors, legal service providers, and civil rights advocates), and others in the housing/lending industries.


Opening Remarks

Demetria McCain Bio

Demetria McCain

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
David Berenbaum Bio

David Berenbaum

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Counseling

Live Roundtable

Cashauna Hill Bio

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center


Ibijoke Akinbowale Bio

Ibijoke Akinbowale

Director of Community Impact
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)


Lautaro%u201CLot%u201D Diaz Bio

Lautaro "Lot" Diaz

Vice President, Housing & Financial Empowerment


Caroline Peattie

Caroline Peattie

Executive Director
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California


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