Fair Housing Act Training – March 3, 2021

This very important training is designed to inform all attendees of the Fair Housing Law and how to avoid the effect violations of the law can have on your organization.  On March 3, 2021 two sessions will be held– ~~ 8:30 am to 12:00 noon for Housing Managers, Management Agents, Owners/Landlords & Realtors ~~ 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm for Maintenance Staff & Personnel.

The Federal Fair Housing Act (1968 and 1988) makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing when the discrimination is based on any of the following factors:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National Origin
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

The Laws protect against discriminatory actions (based on one of the factors above)  such as:

  • refusing to sell or rent
  • sexual harassment
  • quoting a difference in housing availability
  • quoting a difference insecurity deposit required
  • quoting a different monthly rent
  • refusing to rent to a family or individual with children

Click Here To Register and for more information about the training 

This very important training is designed to inform all attendees of the Fair Housing Law and how to avoid the effect violations of the law can have on your organization.  On March 3, 2021 two sessions will be held– ~~ 8:30 am to 12:00 noon for Housing Managers, Management Agents, Owners/Landlords & Realtors ~~ 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm for Maintenance Staff & Personnel.

2020 POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

 

DE NAHRO Announces the Winners of the 2020 Annual Poster Contest.

 

Elementary School Age Winner:

1st Place  – Da’Von A. Bell, New Castle 

Middle School Age Winner:

1st Place – Kerron Saunders, New Castle County, Age 11

High School Age Winner:

1st Place – Star Williams, New Castle County, Age 15  

Each first place winner won a $100 gift card and a blue ribbon.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!

Sexual Harassment in Housing & COVID 19 Crisis

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Delaware
The Hercules Building
1313 N. Market Street, Suite 400
P. O. Box 2046 (302) 573-6277
Wilmington, Delaware 19899-2046 FAX (302) 573-6220


Re: Sexual Harassment in Housing and the COVID-19 Crisis

Greetings,


In these unprecedented times and as the nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we see the need to re-affirm our commitment to eradicating sexual harassment in housing in our district. Sexual harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, and others with control over housing may violate the federal Fair Housing Act. The Department of Justice, through the Civil Rights Division and United States Attorney’s Offices, remains unwavering in the enforcement of this vital statute.

As a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, many in our communities have found themselves out of work, furloughed, or otherwise in dire financial straits. As a result, many have been forced to seek abatements or suspensions of their rent, or seek other accommodations during this time. While many landlords and housing providers have responded with understanding, there are reports that others have seen an opportunity to exploit the financially vulnerable through demands for sexual acts and other unwelcome sexual conduct. This appalling behavior is illegal and will not be tolerated.

The Fair Housing act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, and disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) and the Department of Justice are the federal agencies that enforce the Fair Housing Act, with each playing an important role. Both agencies have launched a special initiative focused specifically on combatting sexual harassment in housing.

Recently, David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, issued a press release announcing the office’s efforts to combat sexual harassment in housing. Please know that the Justice Department stands ready to investigate reports of sexual harassment in housing and to pursue enforcement actions where appropriate.

In your role, you may be in a position to hear directly from victims of this invidious conduct. We ask that you please contact us should you have any questions or receive any reports of sexual harassment in housing, and that you also refer victims to file a complaint with HUD. We also encourage you to report sexual harassment in housing to the Civil Rights Division by calling (844) 380-6178 or emailing fairhousing@usdoj.gov.

Launched in 2017, the Justice Department’s Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative is an effort to combat sexual harassment in housing led by the Civil Rights Division, in coordination with U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country. For more information, please visit the Initiative’s webpage. The Initiative has developed a number of resources and outreach materials that you are welcome to use, including information sheets for advocates, flyers in 13 languages, palm cards, and a partnership toolkit. We have also developed a PSA on sexual harassment in housing, which we encourage you to share on social media, and a longer video about Working with DOJ to Stop Sexual Harassment in Housing.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue. You, your organization, and the community you serve, are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
DAVID C. WEISS
United States Attorney
By: /s/ Derick D. Dailey
Derick D. Dailey
Assistant United States Attorney

COVID19 Guidelines & Information Links from HUD & National NAHRO

The following links are provided by HUD and National NAHRO. To View, Copy and Paste to your browser.

  • COVID19: How to Prepare & Protect Yourself —– https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus
  • COVID19: Resources for Housing Authorities —– https://www.nahro.org/news-publications/covid-19-resources-for-housing-authorities/
  • Framework for COVID19 Homelessness Response: Responding to the Intersecting Crises of Homelessness and COVID19 —– http://www.denahro.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/COVID-Framework-4.29.2020-1-2.pdf

Housing Credit Certified Professionals (HCCP) Program- August 24-26, 2021

The Housing Credit Certified Professionals (HCCP) Program will be held August 24-26, 2021.  The HCCP is a national professional certification that sets professional competency standards for housing credit professionals involved in developing, investing in, allocating, and managing housing credit properties.  Participants will 1)  Increase their knowledge of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program; 2)  Be eligible for consideration for the Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) national designation.

The training will cover all aspects of the LIHTC Program including by not limited to: Role of State Agencies; Rent Calculations & Utility Allowances, Minimum Set-Aside Tests; Extended Use Issues; Assets; Student Rules; Re-certification Requirements; Resident Transfers; Fees; Acquisition/Rehab Issues; Commercial Use; Non-profit Requirements, and more.

Who Should Attend — Developers; Investors; On-Site Managers; Management Agents; LIHTC Allocation & Compliance  Agency Staff.

Attendees can register for both the training and exam or for training only.  Attendees who complete the training and pass the exam will be eligible to apply for the HCCP designation

More information on Registration will be forthcoming –Mark Your Calendars.  

DE NAHRO Scholarship

DE NAHRO annually awards a $4,000 scholarship to a graduating Delaware High School Senior to continue their education.  Each year for up to 4 years the awardee can receive a $1,000 to be used toward their college education.  In order to qualify for the scholarship program, the applicant most meet the following criteria:

–Lives in subsidized housing defined as Project Based Section 8, Rural Development Section 515,Housing Choice Voucher, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Public Housing, Habitat for Humanity Home, Self Help Homeownership Program, or USDA Rural Development Homeownership Program at time of application.

–Has 2.5 Minimum Cumulative GPA

–Provide 2 Letters of recommendation: one from a person in authority from the high school and one from a community leader.

–Write a 500 word essay –  “Who or what has inspired you to further your education?  Explain your future goals and aspirations.

–Provides a completed application with a list of all extra-curricular activities in school and in the community.

Application Deadline is June 1, 2020

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND A COPY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE CLICK ON THE “DE NAHRO SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM” UNDER THE GENERAL INFO & NEWS TAB