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Fair Housing Changes: Disparate Impact and HUD’s Latest Guidance

By - Paul Flogstad

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Understanding the New Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling and HUD Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

The United States Supreme Court has issued a pivotal ruling on fair housing discrimination. This webinar will delve deeply into the ruling’s various aspects and its implications under fair housing guidelines.

Additionally, HUD has released a guidance letter addressing blanket criminal background checks, highlighting the types of disparate impacts affecting individuals with criminal histories. We will explore the policy and procedural changes necessary for multifamily properties to comply with this new guidance.

To fully grasp disparate impact, one must first understand the fundamentals of fair housing, which will be comprehensively covered in this webinar.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Fundamentals of Fair Housing: A detailed overview.
  • Disparate Impact: Definitions and implications.
  • New HUD Ruling: In-depth analysis and potential changes.
  • Policy Implementation: How to adapt multifamily property policies to meet the new guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define “Disparate Impact.”
  • Explain “Adverse Impact” and its implications.
  • Understand the effect on protected classes.
  • Analyze how the ruling will influence future development activities.
  • Comprehend the new HUD guidance on applicants with criminal backgrounds, particularly regarding blanket no-criminal-background policies.
  • Assess the ruling’s impact on protected and non-protected classes.
  • Distinguish between arrests and convictions in the context of the guidance letter.

Target Audience:

  • Property Managers
  • Property Owners
  • Leasing Consultants
  • Housing Authority Staff
  • Compliance Staff

Join us to navigate through these significant changes and understand their broader impact on the housing sector.

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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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