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Using Housing Rights

Knowing your client's housing rights can make you a more effective service provider
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Health and social service providers often hear about housing issues that affect the health and well being of their clients and consumers. 

Housing stability is a key factor in addressing other social needs of families you work with.

Knowing the basic housing rights and being able to intervene with good information, good technique can help your clients and consumers find and maintain stable rental households.

How Fair Housing Rights Can Help Your Clients/Consumers!

Training for health and social service providers in Richland County

November 27, 2012 1 PM-4PM

Area Agency on Aging, 800 Park Ave. West

Mansfield, OH 44906

 Thanks to Richland County FH office (Donnie Mitchell and Sharon Rawls); Area Agency on Aging (Theresa Cook) and Richland County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (Rebecca Owens, chairperson).

What happened?

31 health and social service providers participated in the training.  Emily Van Buren and Spencer Wells presented for COHHIO.  Lillian Siebieda presented for Ohio Healthy Homes Network.

Questions and Discussion
  • Bedbugs:  who pays for extermination? New court decision in wilmington that bars eviction for bedbugs in HUD assisted housing.
  • Who can pay for modifications for low income tenants?  A participants suggests Rebuilding Together Central Ohio as a possible resource.

  • This will help me with clients that rent so the will know what their rights are
  • A list of federally funded housing would be beneficial to my job
  • Assist client with making sound decision
  • I now have the toll free number to call for more info/guidance; I now know I can be more assertive in requesting landlords to help some of my clients
  • Most helpful information pertinent to where I work was on Reasonable Accommodations/Modification & how to request them and know what request are appropriate & reasonable
  • I learn more information and received contact # and website for help with Fair Housing Rights for clients
  • Assist to increase clients and knowledge of having rights
  • Gives me a reference to refer to or call when issues now arise
  • I believe it will assist when my clients have an issue to guide them to reasonable solutions
  • Yes- more confident on awareness of discrimination and recognition
  • Need more time for amount of information
  • Put handouts into a packet that is in order for presentation; copy of power point
  • Provide the email information earlier so I have more time to review it
  • More power points/Print out of Power Points
  • How to become approved; Where HUD homes are located; Difference between HUD and other federal programs. Neighborhood improvement programs in area
  • Rules of applying to HUD housing, who is eligible, what criteria have to be met
  • Funding affordable housing

Notes & Links