From our affiliate organization & education sponsor:
The Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS® (COCAR) is hosting and sponsoring a number of events in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
“The events planned to honor the 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing will give a comprehensive review of accessible housing needs for persons with disabilities as well as the federal housing laws and regulations that impact housing, health and quality of life,” according to Andrea Frymire, Board Member. “Commercial REALTORS® recognize the significance of this anniversary and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all individuals.”
The first event, 2018 Oklahoma Fair Housing & Health Equity Seminar, was held on Thursday, April 19 from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City seminar covered Fair Housing Laws & Litigation, Fair Housing Enforcement, including The Impact of Housing Discrimination, Including Sexual Harassment, on Victims & Families Mental and Physical Health as well as Violence Prevention, Behavioral Health and Housing.
COCAR will be hosting their annual Commercial Real Estate Bus Tour on Tuesday, April 24th in Oklahoma City. This year’s theme is “Challenging ADA Retrofits to Existing Buildings & Transportation Systems.” The event begins at 11:30am at Packard’s with lunch and a presentation on Commercial Issues of the ADA followed by a bus tour and networking reception sponsored by A to Z Inspections and CoStar Property Analytics. The bus tour will include the 123 Parking Garage, Packard Building, Santa Fe Life Center, Hatch Restaurant and will follow the proposed Bus Rapid Transit Route.
COCAR is the Education Sponsor for Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Policy Training on May 1 in Tulsa. This free training is provided by the Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership & the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Continuing education credits for REALTORS®, attorneys, Tulsa Apartment Association members will be provided. This training is from 8:30am to 4:30pm and include Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements, Disability Rights Laws and Making Housing Accessible Through Accommodations & Modifications.
On Thursday, May 17, COCAR is also sponsoring Fair Housing 101 training in Enid, Oklahoma from 10:00am to 2:30pm. The theme for this training is “How Landlord & Tenant Problems, Including Health & Safety Repair Issues, Trigger Housing Discrimination Claims.” This event will also provide continuing education credits for attorneys and REALTORS®.
April is traditionally designated as Fair Housing Month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are leasing or purchasing housing as well as when they are obtaining financing. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and households with children.
“The Board of Directors of the Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS® supports the Fair Housing Declaration instituted by the National Association of REALTORS®. Our partnerships with Metropolitan Fair Housing, the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign, the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing and the Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership in these events is one of the ways we take a positive approach to fair housing practices,” stated David Chapman, PhD., Board President. “We strive to develop, support and implement fair housing practices and training within the commercial real estate industry.”
To register or learn more about these events, visit http://www.affordablehousingcoalition.org