Day 1 - May 6: Fair Housing Basics 

Day 2 - May 13: Essential Updates   

Click here to Register for the $30 Conference Pass to attend both Days 1 & 2 

Click here to Register Multiple Attendees 

Certificate of attendance provided for completion of Day 1 only

  • Links to recorded sessions provided if unable to attend scheduled dates  
  • Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. 
  • Viewable on one device per attendee.
  • Each attendee must have their own registration 

*A limited number of fee waivers are available for extremely low-income individuals (<30% AMI). Submit requests for a waiver application to 

Days 3 & 4: Housing Justice For All - May 20 & 27 

Free - Separate Registration Required - Click here to Register Days 3 & 4

See Presenter Bios Here




Welcome - Marley Hochendoner, Executive Director, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance 

Fair Housing Basics - Protected Classes, Covered Properties, Exemptions, Advertisin- 8:30 - 10:00 am 

  • Shawn Nikfar (he/him), Testing Coordinator, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance
  • Anthony Yenason (they/Ø), Community Engagement Specialist, Intermountain Fair Housing Council 

Poetry performance by Margaret Albaugh - 

Margaret is an Asian American photographer and creator based in Spokane, WA. Much of her work comments on identity, gender, and race. Her commissioned work is portraits and family documentary. Her partner is in the military and they live with their two kids, multiple cats and snake. For more information about Margaret's work, you can visit

Margaret Albaugh | Spokane Photographer and Artist  

NWFHA Friend of Fair Housing Awards

Break: 10:15 am - 10:30 am 

Fair Housing Basics - Reasonable Accommodations & Modifications - 10:30 am - 12:00 

  • Abdella Abdella (he/him), Northwest Fair Housing Alliance 
  • Carolyn Benbow, Fair Housing Center of Washington


ESSENTIAL UPDATES - Day 2 - May 13, 2021

Fair Housing Legal Update - 8:30 am - 9:30 am  
Marley Hochendoner (she/her), Executive Director, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance

  • New federal and WA State protected classes: Sexual Orientation, Hair, and Immigration & Citizenship
  • Status of HUD’s Disparate Impact & Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rules

WA 2021 Legislative & Eviction Moratorium Update - 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Break: 10:30 - 11:00 am

Erik Heins, Enforcement Support Director, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, US Department of Housing & Urban Development - 11:00 am – 11:20 am 

COVID 19: WA Termination Procedure, Eviction Defense, & Resolutions - 11:20 am - 12:30 pm

COVID 19: Eviction Moratorium, Rental  Assistance, & Disparities: Stakeholder Perspectives - 12:30 - 2:00 pm

  • Moderator: Shannon Bedard, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance
  • Steve Corker, Inland Northwest Landlord Association
  • Terri Anderson, Washington Tenants Union
  • Ben Stuckart, Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium
  • Carol Weltz, Director of Community Action, Spokane Neighborhood Action Program 



Days 3 & 4 (May 20 & 27)

FREE - Separate Registration Required - Click Here  
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Day 3 - May 20, 2021

Protecting Our Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors from COVID 19, Discrimination, and Hate Crimes - 8:30-10:00 am
Facilitator: Glenda Mendoza Creager, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance

Panel: Housing Justice for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals - 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This session to be broadcast live on Rainier Avenue Radio              


Ways to Watch / Listen: 

Featured Artist:  Olivia Evans - 11:30 am 

Olivia Evans is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Spokane, WA, working in video, photography, drawing, and film. She graduated from Eastern WA University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and a minor in film, in 2018. Her work is heavily influenced by motherhood, the subconscious, and social events -- intertwining traditional and digital media to create narratives of the self. All these influences echo her eclectic cultural experiences of growing up in an economically challenged home with an Italian mother and African American / Native American father. Living with her mother and sister for most of her life, till her parents marriage renewal in 2007. Olivia is working with The Alliance for Media, Arts, & Culture as a local producer of the documentary series Monday Movies, social media producer, and co-curates events in the Pacific Northwest region. She actively participates in Alliance National Youth Media Network activities. Her work has been featured in Saturate, a city-wide arts event in Spokane, at the Kress Gallery in Spokane, and Terrain 12, a large exhibition that features over 200+ artists in the PNW.

Break - 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Integrated Community Resources for Supporting Underserved and Vulnerable Populations in Accessing and Maintaining Housing - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Serving the whole person begins with the foundational belief that housing first is paramount to recovery.  This workshop will discuss the benefits of peer support, pre and post tenancy support, tenant advocacy, coordination of care, SUD (Substance Use Disorder) services, and Community Connections.  We will discuss the benefits of the whole person approach through the utilization of tools and local community resources which weave together the principles of permanent supportive housing in order to produce positive outcomes for each person who chooses to participate in FCS Supportive Housing.

Day 4 - May 27, 2021

How to Advance Equity and Inclusion in your Organization - 8:30 am - 10:00 am

  • Facilitator: Cicily Thompson, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance
  • Theresa Vimbanayi V Chowa, Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium
  • Michaela Brown, Equity & Leadership Facilitator at JustLead WA  

Our Region’s History: Exclusion, Segregation and Redlining - 10:00 - 11:30 am

  • Facilitators: Shannon Bedard & Cicily Thompson, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance 
  • Shyle Ruder, Education and Outreach Director, Fair Housing Council of Oregon· 
  • Warren Seyler, Spokane Tribe history presentations, Former Chairman of Spokane Tribe of Indians
  • Hifumi En Omoide Project - Invited


Equitable Homeownership Opportunities 

May 27, 2021 - 1.5 hrs. - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Separate Registration Required - Click Here  
Presented by Spokane Association of Realtors 
Panel: TBA           




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Conference Advisory Committee 

Washington State Human Rights Commission
City of Spokane
City of Coeur d’ Alene
Tri-Cities HOME Consortium
Spokane County
Spokane Association of Realtors
Landlord Association of the Inland Northwest
Spokane Housing Authority
Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium
City of Spokane Valley

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