HUD’s New Guidance on Criminal Activity and Housing

Duration: 90 minutes Speaker: Gwen Volk

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) are working to make it easier for people with a criminal record to find housing. In a memo sent out to staff on April 19, 2022 HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge instructed HUD Multifamily to review programs and policies that may "pose barriers to housing for persons with criminal histories or their families."  On June 10, 2022, FHEO implemented the previously issued Guidance on Applying the Fair Housing Act to Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers.  Since then FHEO has provided training on Strategies for Addressing Discrimination: Housing Providers Use of Criminal Records to Fair Housing advocacy groups who investigate, test, and bring charges against housing providers.  Find out how these initiatives will impact the way you do business. This course is applicable to all properties subject to the Fair Housing Act.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Leasing Consultants
  • Owners
  • Directors
Gwen Volk

Gwen Volk has worked in the affordable housing industry since 1983. She has been president and CEO of a Midwest property management company and chief compliance officer over a Dallas firm’s national portfolio. She has a Master’s degree in Business and is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management. Gwen holds certifications as a National Affordable Housing Professional – Executive Level, Specialist in Housing Credit Management, Housing Credit Certified Professional, Certified Professional of Occupancy, and in Fair Housing Compliance and has been a servant leader in the AHMAs, NAHMA and IREM throughout her career. Gwen is a nationally recognized expert in the tax credit, bond, HOME, and Section 8 programs and enjoys helping agents, owners, and managers make sense of it all.

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