Fair Housing Task Force

Analysis Of Impediments To Fair Housing Choice: A Workshop
March 19, 1999,    Canton, NY
Breakout Session  2
Discussion and Voting Results

GROUP 1

1. Education/Outreach/Discrimination

(On a web site?)


(Printed directory)
(Fair Housing Task Force)- Linkages (4 votes)

With Int. Ag. Task Force


With Reachout Program
With the providers

Discrimination
- Foster communication among social/economic groups and those with disabilities (4 votes)
- Work on the reasons why a tenant is perceived as undesirable

2. Condition of housing

  • CEO’s should inspect rentals and do something about poor conditions
  • Incentives (±) for landlords to fix-up (10 votes)
  • Tenant rights
  • Landlord rights
  • Funding for legal assistance fines plowed back in here (4 votes)

3. Special Housing

  • Family care for mentally ill (10 votes)- Need for differing degrees of supportive housing (funding problem)

4. Transportation

  • Get Department of Social Services to allow ownership (1 vote)
  • Cars over $1,500 value (1 vote)

GROUP 2

1. Education/Outreach/Training

  • Funding from: Federal, State, County ( 2 votes)- For: Landlords, tenants, public, attorney
  • Available list of programs from housing authority, churches, banks, government agencies.- (Need for agency to combine lists and get back to)

2. Condition of housing:

  • Find funding - some support agencies will help even with private landlords (ADA modification)
  • Rental inspection - program calls attention to substandard housing/CEO explain to individual landlords education (1 vote)
  • Banks offer special rates for landlords who wish to fix dwellings for handicap individuals

 3. Special Housing

  • Funding?- Reverse the trend of federal and state governments to cut funding - Economic issue - SSI $580/increase funding (1 vote)
  • Overcome barriers - education of community that this will bring income - attendants as well as individuals- Don’t take properties off tax roles (6 votes)

4. Transportation

- Individuals pay nominal fee


- Businesses help pay - those that benefit
- Encourage local merchants to make deliveries

GROUP 3

1. Education/Outreach/Discrimination

  • News media ( 3 votes)
  • Self search ( 4 votes)
  • Distribution ( 2 votes)- Mass mailings with tax bills, water bills, etc.
  • Community meetings ( 2 votes)
  • Service providers
  • Benefits available to everyone - not specific groups
  • Support groups

2. Condition of Housing

  • 24 hour support housing for MI (14 votes)
  • Funds (9 votes)- Education as to availability - Weatherization program
  • Enforcement of building codes (5 votes)

 3. Special Housing

  • Funds
  • Build Community Support (1 vote)
  • Encourage idea people to come forward (2 votes)
  • Volunteerism and reach out to community and service agencies to work together (5 votes)
  • Grant applications (1 vote)

 4. Transportation (2 votes)

  • Research availability of funds (2 votes)
  • Affordable (2 votes)
  • Subsidized Transportation


GROUP 4

1. Education/Outreach/Discrimination

  • Outreach via public service organizations (Rotary etc.)
  • Inter-agency cooperation and understanding
  • Annual insert in newspaper on fair housing
  • Wider multi-media presence
  • Get churches involved in educating people (3 votes)
  • Identify coordinating agency
  • Funding support
  • Need to address condition of - and access to - housing
  • Identify point of contact (CEO, Supervisor)- (Independent Living Center)
  • Incentives to landlords to make units accessible (4 points)

 2. Special Housing

  • Get those with a vested interest together to come up with a specific plan
  • Better knowledge of grants available (Grant Clearing House) (5 votes)
  • County web-site with information (10 votes)


GROUP 5

1. Education/Outreach/Discrimination

  • Diversifying service providers- Include clients in decision-making (7 votes)
  • Agencies need focus on integration into communities- Groups for services guilty of insulating clients/client needs
  • Expectation (real or perceived) of predjudice on part of special classes- Generational
  • Establish standards/expectations
  • Need for constant attention
  • Obligation to reach-out to our own clients

2. Condition of Housing

  • Dollars always good
  • Stricter code enforcement (4 votes)- Rental inspections (3 votes) - Training for officials

3. Special Housing

  • Funding
  • Educational funding sources of changing needs/expectations
  • Formal legislative agenda (21 votes)- Cannot lose track of the individual in our rush to human correctness

GROUP 6

1. Education/Outreach/Discrimination

  • Outreach workers to conduct seminars, etc. - existing (4 votes)
  • Survey of needs - County research
  • Inventory of existing information (Don’t "reinvent wheel") (1 vote)
  • Better distribution of housing information materials:- Post office, bank, churches, schools, etc.
  • Sensitivity training: (example: Frank Pastizzo, United Helpers) (2 votes)- Community - Public agencies - Police - Department of Social Services
  • Increase staffing and funds for special needs
  • Additional workshops- Outreach to churches, schools, universities (4 votes)

2. Condition of Housing

  • Financial assistance for landlords to make accessibility improvement and technical help (1 vote)
  • Regulatory changes needed to provide incentives to work and afford housing costs
  • Have Department of Social Services make "house calls"
  • Chambers of Commerce have landlord lists

3. Transportation

  • Need rural transportation system. (9 votes)




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