Thank you for your interest in the Worcester Fair Housing Conference. Pre-registration is now closed, however you will be able to register for free in person at the conference. Please arrive between 8:30am to 8:45am to allow yourself time to register and enjoy some complementary breakfast.
WORCESTER FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE
A celebration of 45 years of the Fair Housing Act
TENANTS, HOMEOWNERS, LANDLORDS WELCOME
FREE and open to the public
Legal Framework: Fair Housing Laws, Know Your Rights When Renting, Landlords and Homeowners Concerns
Saturday, April 6, 2013
8:30 am - 12 pm
Worcester State University, Ghosh Science and Technology Center
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Spanish interpretation provided.
To request an accomodation, please call 508-799-1152 or email@example.com
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act) prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and disability. Under Massachusetts law, it is also illegal to discriminate in housing based on sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, veteran status, ancestry, source of income, or housing subsidy.
8:30 am - Welcome - light refreshments - resource tabling
9:00 am - Panel presentation: Housing Discrimination, Legal Framework. Q & A. Under state and federal laws, housing discrimination is illegal. But what does this mean? In 2013, what does housing discrimination look like? How are these laws enforced? This session is for everyone including tenants, homeowners, landlords, and advocates. The panelists have experience in evaluation, investigating, litigating, and judging fair housing complaints, and will share important insight and advice about enforcement of the law.
Panelists include representatives from: Community Legal Aid, Worcester Housing Court, the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office, private practice attorneys, and others.
10:00 am - Panel presentation: Know Your Rights When Renting. Q & A. Interested in safe affordable housing? This panel will explore the various resources available to tenants when confronted with housing challenges. From rental discrimination to unsafe homes; learn how to get the help you need and how to work with your landlord to make your home and community a place you feel good to live in.
Panelists include representatives from: Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Community Legal Aid, Worcester Housing Authority, City Inspectional Services, Worcester Green and Healthy Homes Coalition, Regional Environmental Council, City of Worcester Housing and Neighborhood Development, and RCAP Solutions.
11:00 am - Panel presentation: Landlords and Homeowners Concerns. Q & A. From neighborhood stabilization to homeownership; what do landlords and homeowners need to know? Panelists will discuss current Massachusetts homeownership market, from first-time homebuyers to those under foreclosure. Landlords and homeowners have unique needs and there are resources in the community to assist you. Find out what are your options when dealing with problem tenants and properties.
Panelists include representatives from: RCAP Solutions, NeighborWorks Homeownership Center of Worcester, Community Legal Aid, City Inspectional Services, Worcester Green and Healthy Homes Coalition, Regional Environmental Council, City of Worcester Housing and Neighborhood Development.
12:00 pm - Closing.