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

Summer has been a busy time for DMFHC leading up to an eventful fall!  We are excited for the many opportunities to connect with our friends and partners to build stronger, inclusive communities.

DMFHC is excited to announce that we have been awarded our first 3-Year Private Enforcement Initiative grant totaling $279,784.00 annually through HUD. DMFHC was one of over 100 organizations chosen for this highly competitive grant. This funding ensures DMFHC the long-term stability required to successfully operate a full service fair housing center in the region. Thank you for the continued support, we would not have been able to grow so quickly without our partners.

On November 12th and 13th join us for a free Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Summit at the History Colorado Center. This event is sponsored by HUD and will feature national speakers and local community leaders. November 12th will be an all-day event open to all jurisdictions, agencies, and community stakeholders to discuss ways we can work together to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing and build strong, thriving communities. November 13th will be a half-day morning session open to local jurisdictions interested in a technical training discussing the new AFFH rule, available data tools, and analysis techniques. Both days will be free and will include meals, refreshments, and museum entry. An event invitation will be released next week with further details and information on how to RSVP. Contact Tasha Lynch at tlynch@dmfhc.org for more information.

DMFHC will be moving into a new building in November 2015. We are moving to Downing St. and Martin Luther King Blvd. in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. DMFHC is excited to join such a historically important neighborhood in our community. Throughout the early 1900s Five Points was a thriving African American community in a time when discriminatory laws prevented black families from living in other neighborhoods. Five points was a bustling business district and known nationally for its jazz music scene. DMFHC is happy to have the opportunity to add to the history of this neighborhood. We will announce an open house and the exact date our address will change soon!

 
The Staff of DMFHC
3401 Quebec St., Suite 6009
Denver, CO  80207
720-279-4291
info@dmfhc.org
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Fair Housing Action Fund:

DMFHC is excited to announce that it has awarded $495,000 to local community organizations through the second round of Fair Housing Action Fund grants. Funds will be used for housing repairs, neighborhood stabilization, housing counseling, and down payment assistance. We will be updating everyone soon on these organization’s exciting projects!

 
Fair housing complaint resolution:

DMFHC Settles Three Administrative Complaints After a Landlord Refused to Rent to Persons with Disabilities:

In January 2015 DMFHC filed administrative three complaints with Colorado Civil Rights Division alleging that the owner of a Colorado apartment complex discriminated against three individuals with disabilities by refusing to rent to them due to their disability. The owner consistently stated that due to the presence of stairs in the apartment it was a liability for anyone with a disability to live there. Colorado Civil Rights Division determined discrimination had occurred under the Fair Housing Act. Through conciliation efforts, the owner agreed to attend training regarding housing providers responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, post public service announcements about housing discrimination to current residents, and provide monetary compensation to the three parties involved in the complaint.

 
New Employee:

DMFHC welcomes Elizabeth Campbell, our new Administrative Assistant. Elizabeth recently relocated to Denver from Milwaukee, WI. She’s excited to be joining DMFHC in making Denver a more equitable and accessible community for all. She’s passionate about social change, bicycles, wellbeing, the environment, and is currently obsessed with the Rocky Mountains.
 
Fair Housing Tip

Gender Identity: Did you know it is unlawful to discriminate against a transgendered individual because of their gender identity? HUD considers gender identity protected under the Gender protected class of the Fair Housing Act.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of housing discrimination or has a question regarding the fair housing act, contact DMFHC at (720) 279-4291.

 
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.

 
Testimonial:

“Thanks for your continued advocacy for those with disabilities. I have an invisible disability and require a service dog. Thanks to an informational meeting your group held for my apartment’s management, the process of getting my RA (reasonable accommodation) was easy.” 4/8/2015
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