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All About Criminal Background Checks

By - Paul Flogstad

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On June 23, 2021, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued a letter to affordable housing providers that established the Biden Administration’s stand on second changes for formerly incarcerated persons and the importance of stable housing in their re-entry into our communities. “No person should exit a prison or jail only to wind up on the streets”. This new guidance will be explored from many different viewpoints.

HUD established these new guidelines to help reduce the recidivism of the formerly incarcerated. They need to find a job and also find housing and with blanket prohibitions on past felonies, it was impossible to find safe and sanitary housing

This is a “hot topic” and there are many sections on how to correctly implement the guidance from HUD. HUD has a new Secretary, and she is promoting more changes at HUD. The concentration at this time is how can people released from prisons and jails find adequate housing for themselves and their families. This is the focus of this new guidance.

Join this webinar and learn what an “individual assessment “ is and how to do it correctly.

Webinar Agenda

  • Assess whether your criminal screening practices violate the Fair Housing Act
  • Understand the relationship between criminal records and disabilities
  • Learn how to apply reasonable accommodations policies to criminal screening policies
  • Learn FHEO’s recommended best practices when you choose to use criminal records to screen applicants
  • Understand how local Nuisance Ordinances and Crime-Free programs may violate the Fair Housing Act

Who Should Attend

  • Property Managers
  • Property owners
  • Leasing agents
  • Builders
  • Developers
  • Realtors
  • Housing Authorities

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Speaker Detail

Paul Flogstad

Paul has been involved in the real estate industry for the past 38 years. He has been involved in sales, construction, project management, appraisal, property management and property management consulting/training. Through his consulting company, Property Management Solutions, he provides training and consulting services nationwide to owners, management companies, multi-housing associations, as well as state and federal agencies. He specializes in fair housing issues and has developed fair housing and outreach programs for governmental agencies as well as conducting seminars which are presented to property management companies, apartment associations and the general public nationwide. Most recently, he has been a consultant to the State of South Dakota. In this assignment he has developed a fair housing awareness program that is one of the first of its kind in the nation. It involves a three pronged approach to fair housing awareness. This approach makes use of an ombudsman concept and has proven to be very effective in dealing with discrimination and landlord/tenant issues. For over twenty years he was involved in appraisal of residential, multi-family, farm and commercial properties throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he was a consultant for affordable, multi-housing properties in 22 different states. This involved properties in HUD, Rural Development, HOME and Tax Credit programs. He holds numerous professional property management designations and currently holds the prestigious RHM designation from the National Center for Housing Management. Paul was previously Vice President of the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association, Vice Chairman of the Minnehaha County Housing and Redevelopment Commission, and Chairman of the Sioux Falls Property Appeals Board. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association. Paul just authored a book which was released in January of 2015. It is titled: “Fair Housing: What Everyone Should Know”. This is a comprehensive book about the fair housing written with a property manager’s perspective and with real world examples. It is a great resource for anyone.

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