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County wants input on fair housing options


April 19, 2012

County wants input on fair housing options

The Snohomish County Human Services Department is hosting three forums in May to obtain community input on fair housing.

The forums will include information on fair housing laws and the preliminary results of a fair housing study currently being completed for Snohomish County. The forums will also provide an opportunity for individuals, social-service providers, housing providers, landlords, property managers, lenders, and other interested persons and organizations to participate in a discussion about fair housing choice in our community.

The forums are scheduled for:

May 2, 3-4:30 p.m.

Stillaguamish Sr. Center

18308 Smokey Point Blvd.

Arlington, WA 98223

May 2, 6:30-8 p.m.

Monroe Fire Department

163 Village Court

Monroe, WA 98272

May 3, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Volunteers of America

The Learning Center

16300 Motor Place

Lynnwood, WA 98037

Snohomish County is conducting a fair housing study because it receives more than $5 million annually in federal grants from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. These funds are used to support affordable housing and community development projects for low-income people, families and neighborhoods.

Through a series of community meetings and focus groups scheduled for May, and from research and analysis of housing issues and a survey conducted earlier in the year, the county's Human Services Department is looking to identify housing barriers and ways to improve access.

Federal and state fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in the rental, sale, or financing of housing based on race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation and veteran/military status. Illegal discrimination can take many forms. Examples include:

* Advertising housing only to preferred groups of people.

* Denying housing to people because they have children.

* Refusals by landlords or HOA's to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

The forum facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, to request a reasonable accommodation to enable you to fully participate in the forum such as a sign-language interpreter, or to request a language interpreter for the forum, please contact Sue Tracy at<> or 425-388-3269 or at 7-1-1 for TTY users.


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