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Hot Topics in Fair Housing and Disability

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6/8/2021

11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
*approximate length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presenters: Mary Rosenberg, Senior Attorney and Kenneth M. Walden, Managing Attorney

This webinar will focus on hot topics concerning the fair housing rights of people with disabilities that can confound housing providers. It will be interactive and utilize hypothetical scenarios to address the following questions. How does the current pandemic/COVID-19 implicate fair housing rights?  What are the distinct rights of housing choice voucher holders with disabilities? Under the new Cook County ordinance that prohibits housing providers from automatically denying applicants with a criminal history, what are the rights of people with disabilities with a criminal background?

Learning Objectives:

  • What, if any, fair housing protections exist for housing applicants or residents who have, or had, COVID-19?
  • What unique rights exist for people with disabilities who hold housing choice vouchers?
  • How does the new Cook County ordinance that prohibits housing discrimination against people with a criminal history impact people with disabilities with a criminal history?

Mary Rosenberg Mary Rosenberg is a Senior Attorney for the Civil Rights Team at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago. As a Senior Attorney, she represents people with disabilities in fair housing cases, conducts education and outreach about disability rights laws, and is involved in public policy advocacy. Most recently, Mary led the effort to increase CHA’s exception rent payment for people with disabilities to 250% the fair market rate, giving voucher holders with disabilities the same access to the rental market as non-disabled voucher holders.

 

Ken Walden Kenneth M. Walden is the Managing Attorney for the Civil Rights Team at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago.  The Civil Rights Team represents persons with disabilities in civil rights cases under the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state and local anti-discrimination laws.  Ken directs the organization’s legal work, which consists of: (a) advice, counseling and representation to persons with disabilities who have civil rights complaints; (b) a disability-specific fair housing testing program; (c) education and outreach about disability rights laws; and (d) public policy advocacy. Ken is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  He teaches a course on disability law.

Before joining Access Living, Ken served as Director of the Tenant Advocacy Project of the Public Justice Center (PJC) in Baltimore, Maryland.  Prior to the PJC, Ken was a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore.

Ken received his law degree, with Honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1990.  He earned his bachelor’s degree, with Highest Honors, from Rutgers College in 1985.

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