Logan’s landlords, property owners and tenants can learn about housing discrimination and other fair housing topics at an event Monday, April 4, presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). James Olson is Logan City’s Community Development Block Grant Coordinator. He said housing discrimination is not a big problem in Logan. “It isn’t something that comes to our attention very often at the city level,” said Olson. “It’s not the problem it is in some communities. However, I think it’s important for people to understand what housing discrimination is.” Olson said discrimination in housing includes everything from rates to color, creed and national origin and also familial status. “It’s a very general sort of training that will benefit tenants and property managers alike. HUD gives us the mandate to ‘affirmatively further fair housing’ and this training event is one way we can do that. It puts the spotlight on what fair housing law is.” Olson said when Landlord Licensing came into effect in Logan last year three groups offered classes to teach good landlord practices. “There was a whole section on fair housing law, because it is fundamentally important to all property managers and owners to understand.” He said for many who took the good landlord licensing classes it was an eye-opener, with property owners and managers learning of requirements they didn’t know existed. Olson explains the registration process. “Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-9008 and let me know a name and how many seats you would like to reserve.” This “Live Free Without Discrimination” training and Q&A session is 10-11:30 a.m., April 4, in the Logan City Hall Conference Room, 290 North 100 West. Only 50 seats are available. Presenter for the event is Michele Hutchins, Equal Opportunity Specialist at HUD.
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