News 12.7.11

Annie Murphy Conducts Fair Housing Training Session

by Annie D. Murphy
DWMK associate attorney, Annie D. Murphy, conducted a training session for the Rocky Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) entitled “Fair Housing for Front Line Staff”.  AHMA is a non-profit organization serving the needs of industry members in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming who manage about 60,000 units of HUD, RHS, and tax credit financed affordable housing.  The class was held on December 6, 2011 in Denver, Colorado and was designed for those employees of federally subsidized properties or housing programs having the most contact with residents - maintenance supervisors, maintenance and custodial staff, and property managers. 
Ms. Murphy’s seminar provided an overview of fair housing laws and all ten protected classes in Colorado.  The class focused on what staff should do in common situations that may arise during the performance of regular job duties, for example:  how to respond to resident requests for assistance (such as carrying groceries, snow or trash removal, etc.); making conversation with residents – what topics to avoid and what questions should not be asked to residents; when an employee should leave a resident’s unit; how and when to report incidents of harassment; and how to respond to work orders and requests for service/companion animals and parking spaces.

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