Fair Housing Summit Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status and disability.  To help raise awareness of the success of local, state and national fair housing laws in eliminating housing discrimination, the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity will present a two-day Fair Housing Law Summit on April 9 and 10, 2018.  It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.   Admission is free, but preregistration is required.  The registration deadline is March 23, 2018.

The event will include training by John Ritzu, of Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST/LCM Architects, who has strong knowledge of the principles of universal design.  Public and private owners, developers, architects, operators of housing, and others will learn how to engage in practices that do not discriminate against persons with disabilities.

Another presenter, Steve Tomkowiak, Esq., has over 25 years of experience litigating mortgage lending and fair housing cases.  He was instrumental in two legal battles that are believed to be the only two successful jury verdicts in residential lending discrimination cases under the Fair Housing Act.

The luncheon keynote speaker is Howard University Law School Dean Okianer Christian Dark who has been actively involved in fair housing since the early 1990s.  The video “Housing Discrimination:  Who Should Ever Have to Get Used to That?” depicts her experience as a victim of housing discrimination and is widely used by governmental agencies, fair housing organizations and law schools.

For more information or to register for the event, visit discover.pbcgov.org/equalopportunity or contact Pamela Guerrier at 561-355-4884 or [email protected].