Fair Housing Month Events
To learn more about your fair housing rights and responsibilities, attend any of the following events in your area and around Missouri throughout the month:
- The City of Columbia presents a Fair Housing & Lending Seminar 8:15 a.m. April 8 at City Hall, 701 East Broadway. Arrive early to the event, co-sponsored by the Columbia Housing Authority, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the Columbia Apartment Association, for breakfast and to meet with representatives of different housing, neighborhood, energy efficiency, and sustainability programs. For additional detail or to pre-register, visit the site.
- Meet Jefferson Citians at the MREC-approved program, Fair Housing for the Residential Real Estate Professional, to broaden your fair housing knowledge from 9 a.m. – noon April 12 at Providence Bank, Community Room, 300 Ellis Boulevard. For additional information or to register, visit the site.
- On April 8, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council presents its annual fair housing training conference, Reasonable Accommodations for Housing Professionals, from 1 – 4:20 p.m. at the Ferguson Community Center, 1050 Smith Avenue, Ferguson. Visit EHOC’s website for further information or to register.
- Work “Toward a Shared Opportunity in Every Community” with the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency at its April 19 fair housing event at the Polish Heritage Center, 1413 North 20th Street, St. Louis. Come for the reception at 4:30 p.m. with the main event kicking off at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, call 314-622-3301.
- The Kansas City Missouri’s Human Relations Department hosts the 8th Annual Civil Rights/Fair Housing Summit on April 22, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street.
- Join your neighbors at the weekly Wednesday lunchtime “Neighborhoods and Public Safety” meeting from 10 – 11 a.m. at City Hall, 26th Floor, 404 East 12th Street, Kansas City. Visit the website for additional details.
- Don’t miss the 2016 Missouri Housing Summit, sponsored and facilitated by the Missouri Department of Mental Health Housing Unit and the Community Initiatives staff of the Missouri Housing Development Commission, April 13 – 15, at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 South John Q Hammons Parkway, Springfield.
More housing information and resources are available in Missouri and across the United States:
- The Missouri Affordable Housing Locator is a service to help individuals find quality, affordable rental housing in the state of Missouri, listing properties that are visited periodically by the Missouri Housing Development Commission for quality purposes.
- Beyond Housing, an organization seeking to provide support and services for low-income families, has a Homeownership Center that assists current and prospective homeowners throughout the St. Louis region in their efforts to acquire and maintain their homes. The Center holds in-person training sessions on Home Buyer Education, as well as sessions online in English and Spanish. In addition, those individuals facing foreclosure can work with a foreclosure prevention counselor after completing an intake questionnaire.
- HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research Case Studies Series highlights sustainable housing and community development projects and innovations from across the country. The revitalization of Old North St. Louis, Missouri: Crown Square Historic Rehabilitation was featured as part of the series.
- The Governor’s Committee to End Homelessness was formed to prevent and end homelessness by establishing strategies to promote public and private coordination and collaboration, developing new strategies to evaluate and reallocate resources, removing barriers to accessing services, evaluating unmet needs, providing supportive services, implementing effective solutions to build economic security, and promoting and supporting activities that prevent homelessness.
- The Missouri Housing Development Commission provides financing to developers of affordable housing, home mortgages to qualified first-time buyers, and advisory, consultative, training, and educational services to non-profit housing organizations.
- The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council funds the Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation, providing information about safe, accessible, quality, affordable housing in Missouri for those with developmental disabilities.
- The Missouri Department of Mental Health Housing Unit provides information on fair housing for individuals with mental health issues.
- The Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council works to gather and disseminate information, conduct training on independent living issues, provide outreach to unserved and underserved populations, and to expand and improve independent living services in the state. It also provides information specific to housing across Missouri.
- HUD has state-specific resources available on topics such as rental help, owning a home, and homelessness and also provides contact information for its local and regional offices.
- If you are a homeowner age 62 or older and have paid off your mortgage or paid it down a considerable amount and are currently living in your home, or if you wish to purchase a primary residence, you may be eligible to participate in the Federal Housing Administration's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, the only reverse mortgage insured by the federal government.
- Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST provides information on Common Violations of the Fair Housing Act Design and Construction Requirements. The organization is supported by HUD and is an initiative designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act’s design and construction requirements.
- For advice on buying a home, renting, default, foreclosure avoidance, credit issues, or reverse mortgages, search online for a housing counseling agency near you or call HUD's interactive voice system at 800-569-4287.
- Making Home Affordable (MHA) is an important part of the federal government’s comprehensive plan to stabilize the housing market by helping homeowners to avoid foreclosure. MHA programs offer a range of solutions, including mortgage relief for the unemployed, reducing monthly mortgage payments, and refinancing to take advantage of lower interest rates.
- HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are available to provide you with the information and assistance you need to avoid foreclosure. Foreclosure prevention counseling services are provided free of charge by nonprofit housing counseling agencies working in partnership with the federal government. For a list of agencies in Missouri, visit Foreclosure Avoidance Counseling.
Holocaust Rememberance Day
Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day by exploring the following resources and state-wide events.
- Find national and local events by visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) online listings or get tips for organizing your own remembrance event. Visit the student section for educational resources designed specifically for scholars. Obtain themed remembrance resources, including poster sets, videos, essays, and power point presentations, by visiting the USHMM site.
- The Second Generation Speakers Bureau will share holocaust narratives from their parents to 7th to 12th grade students April 14. Visit the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education online for further information and to learn about Holocaust facts and misconceptions. A complete listing of remembrance events may be found at the MCHE site or by stopping by the Kansas City metropolitan location at 5801 West 115 Street, Overland Park, Kansas.
- Attend the Day of Remembrance - Remembering the Holocaust through Music and Art 6:30 p.m. April 25 at Metropolitan Community College, Maple Woods Campus, Student Center Arbor Room, 2601 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City. For additional information on this free event, email [email protected].
- The Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, will present the free film screening Kisses to the Children 7 p.m. April 20 in the Lee Auditorium. Call 314-746-4599 for details.
- The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, will open exhibit 36 Unknown 2 – 4 p.m. April 3. For directions or additional details and events, visit HMLC online.