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A central part of the mission of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) is educating people about their rights and responsibilities under fair housing laws. We do this through staffing information booths at community fairs and festivals; conducting a Know Your Rights workshop to communities who may encounter discrimination; and by training professionals in the housing social service fields on fair housing. For more information, or to set up a presentation that meets your organization’s needs, please contact Nay’Chelle Harris at 314-534-5800 or [email protected]
EHOC offers the following workshops
Fair Housing Basics: Know Your Rights!
A 1-hour presentation suitable for community groups, advocacy groups, shelter residents, social service agency staff, home buyers, and other members of the general public. The workshop provides a basic introduction Fair Housing and landlord-tenant relations and gives real-world examples of housing discrimination.
Fair Housing for Housing and Service Providers
A 3-hour presentation for landlords, leasing agents, maintenance staff, shelter staff, supportive living staff, and others who provide housing. Participants learn about the history and background of the Fair Housing Act; gain an understanding of the impact of discrimination in our society; will be able to list the protected classes under federal, state, and local laws; and will understand how to apply the laws to their profession.
The Architecture of Segregation in St. Louis
A 1-hour educational workshop for community groups, advocacy groups, or other organizations. Attendees learn about the history and legacy of segregation in the St. Louis area as an entry to comparing racial and concentrated poverty changes before and after the 2008 financial collapse. Using a 2015 study from Rutgers University, this workshop shows how the banking collapse and foreclosure crisis severely impacted Black household wealth.
Fair Housing for Local Governments
A 3-hour training for local elected officials, planning and zoning commissioners and staff, code enforcement staff / building inspectors, community development staff, and other local government personnel. Participants will learn about the history and background of the Fair Housing Act; will gain an understanding of the impact of discrimination in our society; will be able to list the protected classes under federal, state and local laws; and will understand how to apply the laws to their profession. Participants will learn about significant fair housing cases involving local governments. The presenter will show how fair housing issues impact local decisions on planning, zoning, code enforcement, building code adoption, and occupancy standards.
Fair Housing for Public Housing Authorities
A 3-hour training for management, caseworkers, maintenance, development staff, Section 8 program staff, and other staff of public housing authorities. Participants will learn about the history and background of the Fair Housing Act; will be able to list the protected classes under federal, state and local laws; and will understand how to apply the laws to their profession. Participants will learn about additional civil rights protections in federally subsidized housing, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and regulations on providing equal access to persons with Limited English Proficiency.
Additional Workshop Topics Offered
In addition to standard workshops, EHOC can also tailor a presentation to match your group or organization’s needs. Below are examples of current topics offered. Please contact Nay’Chelle Harris at [email protected] or 314-534-5800 x7014 to discuss how we can build a training that works for you.
Fair Housing for Various Populations
Topics in Fair Housing