"Fair Housing Survey 1968-2018"
"Fair Housing Survey 1968-2018" is a core class for Ohio Licensees certified with the Ohio Division of Real Estate for three hours credit and GDAA will be giving CAM certified hours for its presentation. A unique feature of the class is a tour of an exhibit of color photos from 1965 and 1966 showing the highly public civil rights push for what was then called "Open Housing" and today is known as "Fair Housing." The photos depict a two year housing civil rights project called the Chicago Freedom Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King. The exhibit gives attendees a deeper understanding of the history of fair housing laws The local collection of photos are rare copies made from the original film now housed in the collection of the National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture which opened in 2016-2017 in Washington, D. C. These are the first known color photos of Dr. and Mrs. King. The exhibit also includes information on Coretta Scott King’s experience as a college student at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
After the tour of the exhibit, the attendees have a discussion about the photos and what it means to housing professionals today. Then, the class continues with another unique feature: the course details Ohio fair housing and it passage three years in advance of the 1968 federal law. The materials trace Ohio’s law through its substantial changes since 1965 and its acceptance by HUD as equivalent to federal law because it is stricter and broader than federal law in several key areas. Last, the class will turn to trending topics – steering, advertising, sexual and racial harassment and the importance of Individual Assessments with examples from familial status, national origin and disability.
John Zimmerman is the Vice President of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc., in Dayton, Ohio. He is certified by the Ohio Division of Real Estate to conduct education classes on Fair Housing, providing continuing education credits for REALTORS® and appraisers since 2001. Since 1999 he has been an instructor of courses certified for CAM continuing education credits. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Pleasant Hill, Ohio.
The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center provides assistance to victims of housing discrimination and provides education for professionals whose work intersects with the provision of housing.