The Richmond Register

April 4, 2013

Fair Housing training, forum set Wednesday

At public library in Richmond

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Richmond Human Rights Commission and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights are sponsoring two fair housing sessions in Richmond on April 10.  

The first is a fair housing training from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Madison County Public Library, 507 W. Main St.

It will provide information about Kentucky fair housing law, reasonable accommodations and modifications for qualified individuals with disabilities, equal access to U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, and the discrimination complaint process of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.  

The second session is a fair housing forum, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

The forum will provide an opportunity for Richmond residents to assess fair housing needs in their communities and discuss ways to further fair housing in Richmond and Madison County. Reportedly, of particular interest to several residents is the need for increased accessible units for people with disabilities.

Both sessions are open to the public.

The 1 p.m. training has already reached seating capacity, but seating is still available for the fair housing forum at 6 p.m., and registration is encouraged.  

   The fair housing sessions are part of a statewide campaign during April Fair Housing Month to educate the public about federal and Kentucky fair housing laws.

Recent statistics have shown that discriminatory practices based on disability are on the rise.

Reports show that about 4 million fair housing violations occur nationally each year.

Only one percent of these violations are reported, according to the KCHR.

Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work and as well its Women and Gender Studies program assisted the local and state rights commissions in organizing the events.