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February 7, 2008
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Margie Kniep, Human Rights, 441-7624

Nominations being accepted for Fair Housing Award

The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) will mark the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act with its annual Fair Housing Conference March 25 and 26 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. The conference is free, but there is a $25 charge for lunch. The registration deadline is March 12.

Two sessions will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25:

  • A session for Realtors® will be presented by Shanna Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance in Washington, D.C. She will discuss implementing fair housing practices into daily real estate business activities to avoid housing discrimination complaints or violations. The class is available for three CE hours for Realtors®.
  • A session for attorneys will be presented by Scott P. Moore with the Baird Holm Law Firm in Omaha.

Sessions on Wednesday, March 26 begin at 9 a.m. with an update on fair housing legal issues presented by attorney John Relman of Relman and Dane Law Firm. The noon luncheon will include remarks from Macie Houston, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Kansas City; presentation of the Fair Housing Award; and a keynote address by Myrtle Wilson, HUD Region VII Director. The afternoon includes sessions on predatory lending; foreclosures and home ownership; disability law; substandard housing and fair housing concerns; Fair Housing Act information for elected officials; landlord-tenant law; and mobile homes.

Nominations for the Fair Housing Award are being accepted through Wednesday, March 12. Nominees will be judged on their achievements in improving fair housing based on activities implemented, services performed or programs operated in the State of Nebraska. Last year's recipient was the High Plains Community Development Corporation of Chadron, NE.

Registration brochures and nomination forms are available by contacting Margie Kniep of the LCHR at 441-7624 or The forms and brochures also can be downloaded from the City Web site at (keyword: human). Realtors® attending the Tuesday session must register with Liz Bruce, Realtors Association of Lincoln, at 441-3621.

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act (Fair Housing Act), was signed into law in 1968 and bans discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing.

LCHR is sponsoring the conference in partnership with the Midwest Housing Equity Group, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, Nebraska Housing Developers Association, Nebraska Realtors® Association, Omaha Human Relations Department, the Realtors® Association of Lincoln, and the Real Estate Owners and Managers Association. The conference is funded in part through a grant from HUD.

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