Denver Metro Fair Housing Center - Promoting Fair Housing For All
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Summer 2015 Newsletter

Spring was a great time for Denver Metro Fair Housing Center and we want to take the opportunity to thank all of our community patterns and volunteers for contributing to DMFHC’s success!  DMFHC celebrated its third Fair Housing Month this April with more events, trainings, and outreach than ever.  This year, DMFHC was able to:
  • Participate in or coordinate ten fair housing trainings and events
  • Raise over $30,000 at our first annual Fair Housing Gala
  • Launch our new website design
  • Work with six jurisdictions to develop Fair Housing Month proclamations
At the Fair Housing Gala, DMFHC also announced the release of the second round of Fair Housing Action Fund grant opportunity; proposals were due at the end of May.  Keep watching for the announcement of this year’s recipients, we are so excited to see what they accomplish in our communities! 
Thank you again for all of your support!  We look forward to a productive summer as we continue promoting free housing choice for everyone in the Denver metro area.

The Staff of DMFHC
3401 Quebec St., Suite 6009
Denver, CO  80207
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HUD Three Year New Group Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Completion

In May 2015, DMFHC finished its three year grant with HUD which allowed DMFHC to open its doors.  In that time, DMFHC was able to accomplish:

- 90 Fair housing trainings, workshops, meetings or events
- 7,817 Pieces of fair housing materials distributed in the community
- 82 Testers recruited and trained
- 169 Fair housing complaints investigated
- 35 Fair housing complaints filed with HUD, CCRD, or with private attorneys
- 38 Positive resolutions have been achieved through DMFHC adcovacy work

Thank you for your support in helping us exceed all of our grant requirements!
Fair housing complaint resolution:

A local apartment complex required two tenants who are disabled to acquire a $100,000 pet insurance policy for their service animals and presented the tenants a notice to quit based on non-compliance of their lease and an eviction notice.  Both tenants had made Reasonable Accommodation requests to have their service animals live with them at the time of leasing the unit.  Both clients were in need of immediate intervention of an attorney and the DMFHC made referrals to a private attorney who worked with both complainants.  The eviction proceedings were stopped and both complainants were able to remain in their home and entered into separate settlement agreements with the apartment complex.  The first complainant received monetary damages and the second complainant received a 7 year lease extension.   
Fair housing in the news:

Recently, fair housing has been a topic of conversation nationally due to controversy surrounding the finalization of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s  (HUD) forthcoming Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and Supreme Court’s recent ruling that upholds the validly of the Disparate Impact rule. While these issues can be politically polarizing, Denver Metro Fair Housing Center (DMFHC) feels compelled to extract these issues out of the often sensationalized headlines and explain what these amendments and potential changes to fair housing law would mean for our organization and to fair housing in Colorado. 

Visit our website for DMFHC’s full statement on these issues and for more information on how you can support equal access to housing for everyone.
Fair Housing Tip

Familial status is a protected class which covers families with children living in the home under the age of 18.  It is illegal to deny families housing or to subject families with children to different terms and conditions, such as limiting families to ground floor units or banning children from parts of the property. If you or someone you know should experience familial status discrimination, let us know!

Volunteers needed!

DMFHC is always in need of fair housing testers of all ages and backgrounds to help us investigate housing discrimination.  Testers are provided a stipend for their work and reimbursed for their mileage.  If you or someone you know is interested in helping us achieve our mission give us a call at 720-279-4291.

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