Fair Housing Resources: </i>new fair housing videos, e-mail updates, and reports

Fair housing attorney Avery Friedman has produced a video seminar targeted to real estate professionals to educate them in the regulations of the Fair Housing Act. According to a brochure, Friedman's Fair Housing Training Program "can show you ho w to minimize your liability and maximize your profits." While this may seem pro-industry, Friedman is quick to point out that the seminar is "not a program on how to get around the Fair Housing Act. [It] shows you how to practice fair housing in your everyday operation."

The program, which features creative solutions to fair housing problems, sells for $495. For more information, contact The Diamondback Corporation at 1-800-458-6764 or write them at PO Box 691943, San Antonio, Texas 78269-1943.

The Fair Lending Alert is a free e-mail newsletter that highlights cases involving lending discrimination. The Alert is published, and sent via e-mail, by the Washington-based law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. To get on their e-mailing list, visit their web site at http://www.ffhsj.com /fairlend/fair.htm or e-mail them at fairlending@ffhsj.com and tell them you want to receive the Alert which is published about every six weeks. Back issues of the Alert are available on the web page.

The Fair Lending Alert is an unbiased look at cases involving lending discrimination. The articles are reported objectively and does not favor the banking/lending industry over fair housing/lending organizations. It is an excellent resource for both lenders and advocates and includes timely, up to the minute material.

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. has published Better Together: A Guide to Maintaining Viable Integrated Neighborhoods. The 89-page booklet dispels the myth that integrated neighborhoods will always fail and will eventually become resegregated. It opens by quoting Martin Luther King: "People hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they do not know each other. They do not know each other because they... are separated from each other."

The fifth section of the booklet is called "The ABCs of Maintaining an Integrated Neighborhood." It details successful strategies for maintaining integration. Section 5 highlights pride in one's neighborhood, diversity, financial incentives to move to an integrated neighborhood, working with real estate professionals, government support, alliances between community organizations, and dealing with racial hostility and harassment. Better Together should be read by fair housing practitioners who believe that integration is the ultimate goal. As the title states, we truly are "better together."

To receive a copy of Better Together, contact Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. at 2217 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 fax: 410-889-8653

Fair Housing of Marin recently published a Disability Discrimination Audit Report which details the growing problem of disability discrimination in California and the United States. The audit showed that 37.5% of the tests conducted prov ided evidence of clear or possible discrimination. However, the units involved in those tests represented 51% of the total units tested.

Although the data in the report was gathered solely in Marin County, California, the report details the audit process which any fair housing organization can use to conduct a similar audit. The audit report may also be useful to housing providers in that it outlines the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act and defines reasonable modifications and accommodations.