We can’t meet in person this year, but Fair Housing and civil rights discussions are as important as ever!

2020 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference Planning Committee


Click here to Register for the $30 Conference Pass* to attend any or all of the following Fair Housing Basics Core Series and Hot Topic Sessions   

  • Certificates of attendance provided after completion of Core Series
  • Links to recorded sessions provided if unable to attend scheduled dates  
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*A limited number of fee waivers are available for extremely low-income individuals (<30% AMI). Submit requests for a waiver application to 


                                                           FAIR HOUSING BASICS CORE SERIES  

Live Webinars Completed / Recordings are available for viewing with each registration

Fair Housing Basics (WA and federal) – 1.5 hrs. – Thursday, August 6, 8:00am -9:30am PT This session is well suited for individuals who have not had Fair Housing training before, or are in need of a refresher course. Learn about protected classes (federal Fair Housing Act and WA Law Against Discrimination), prohibited actions, and who must comply with the Fair Housing laws. Coverage of reasonable accommodation and service animal issues will be extremely limited.


Heidi Termer, Washington State Human Rights Commission


Reasonable Accommodations (WA and federal) – 1.5 hrs. –Thursday, August 13, 2020, 8:00am -9:30am PT - This is a PowerPoint presentation that addresses accommodations (changes in policies and procedures) and modifications (changes in the building structure) needed by residents who have disabilities. Housing providers will learn how to verify and respond to requests for reasonable accommodations under the federal Fair Housing Act and WA Law Against Discrimination. Coverage of service animal issues will be extremely limited.


Heidi Termer, Washington State Human Rights Commission       


Assistance Animals (WA and federal) – 1.5 hrs.  – Thursday, August 20, 2020, 8:00am -9:30am PT - Almost weekly news articles publicize stories about exotic animals on planes or in restaurants. But what are the rules about animals in housing as a reasonable accommodation? This training will review the application and differences between the federal Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and recent amendments to the WA Law Against Discrimination.


Marley Hochendoner, Executive Director, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance

Sharon Ortiz, Executive Director, Washington State Human Rights Commission


Implicit Bias Workshop – 1.5 hrs. – Thursday, August 27, 2020, 8:00am -9:30am PT - A basic introduction to Implicit Bias and Social Cognition.  “Implicit Bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.  Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness. Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection”. The Kirwan institute for the study of Race and Ethnicity.

Kurtis Robinson, Spokane NAACP #1137 President 


                                                            HOT TOPICS SERIES: 

Washington State Landlord Tenant Law Update - 1.5 hrs. -Thursday, September 3, 2020, 8:00am- 9:30am PT -Governor Proclamations, local eviction moratorium orders, and federal CARES Act amendments continue to change tenancy termination and rent collection procedures for landlords. Learn the latest and what happens when eviction moratorium expire. Learn about the recent WA Residential Landlord Tenant Act, RCW 59.18, amendments, which went into effect in April and June 2020. 

Eric Steven, Esq.



Washington State's Source of Income Protections & Landlord Mitigation Program - 1.5 hrs. - Thursday, September 10, 8:00am -9:30am PT - This session will look at the impact since the law took effect on 9/30/18.

Jessica Schultz, Northwest Justice Project & Carrie Graf, Northwest Justice Project

Nick Yuva, WA Dept. of Commerce 


Strategies for Preventing, Identifying, and Treating Pests - 1.5 hrs. - Thursday, September 17, 2020, 8:00am- 9:30am PT

Raymond VanderLouw, Eden Pest 


Resources for Supporting People with Disabilities in Tenancies in Spokane County - 1.5 hrs. - Thursday, September 24, 2020, 8:00am- 9:30am PT 


Bobbi Manley, Integrated Care Coordinator Spokane County CSHCD, CAReS Division

Maria Villa-Sillivan, Housing and Community Support Spc., Spokane County 

Dan Ruddell, Housing Capacity Manager, DSHS – Aging and Long Term Support Administration


Housing Search and Landlord Outreach in Spokane, Washington - 1.5 hrs. - October 1, 2020, Thursday, 8:00am- 9:30am PT - Panel:


                                                      COMMUNITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION SERIES

Separate Registrations Required


  • Overcoming the Obstacles to Home Ownership - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 5:30 PM PT - FREE  - Many tenants could actually qualify to buy a home. Home ownership demographic statistics in Spokane will be shared and new information discussed on the importance of home ownership, along with solid strategies and resources for people interested in becoming homeowners.           
  • Fair Housing Basics En Español - 1.5 hrs. - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:30 PM PT - FREE - A basic overview for beginners about the protections and prohibitions in the federal Fair Housing Act and Washington Law Against Discrimination.
  • Approaching Justice: The Fair Housing Act & Community Organizing – 1.5 hrs.- Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 5:30 PM PT - FREE - Community Engagement Specialist, Anthony Yenason, of Intermountain Fair Housing Council will offer insights drawn from two years of applying community organizing approaches to upholding the Fair Housing Act. Since 2018 Anthony has been developing an approach to upholding the Fair Housing Act through supporting community empowerment and the cultivation of a leaderful, informed tenant class in Idaho. By incorporating this into our approach as a Fair Housing organization IFHC's educational efforts have grown from sharing the knowledge of the law to include insights, support and opportunities for communities to develop a deeper sense of connection, understanding and empowerment. By orienting our efforts in solidarity with the wider, interconnected struggles for social justice IFHC is not only furthering the intentions of the Fair Housing Act and strengthening the broader movement for housing justice, but is also able to impact larger social conditions, easing the way for the passage or embodiment of laws and emergent actions to better living conditions for all people.


                                                      FAIR HOUSING FOR REAL ESTATE BROKERS  - COMPLETED

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 9 AM -  12PM PT - hrs. - Approved for 3 WA DOL Real Estate Clock Hours

TRAINING COMPLETED / REGISTRATION CLOSEDSeparate Registration Required - Click Here $15 per person 


Part 1: HUD’s Proposed Fair Housing Rules—1.5 hrs. - Take a closer look at HUD’s proposed Disparate Impact Rule Standard, and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. 

Marley Hochendoner, NWFHA 

Part 2: Sales & Lending Discrimination Update - 1.5 hrs. - Review Newsweek testing audit and regional testing and complaints.

Instructor: Marley Hochendoner, Executive Director, NWFHA



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                                 THANK YOU CITY OF SPOKANE FOR A 2017 HUMAN SERVICES GRANT 

                                                In support of the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Conferences


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For more than 24 years Northwest Fair Housing Alliance has provided comprehensive fair housing training for housing providers throughout E. and Central WA. Our clients have included landlords, management companies, housing authorities, real estate brokers, attorneys, social service providers, government employees, housing developers and contractors, mortgage lenders, lending institutions, advertising media, and tenants. Everyone should all be aware of fair housing laws. Training can increase awareness, sensitivity and compliance. NWFHA staff are knowledgeable about fair housing issues in E. WA and can design a training program to meet your needs. We provide both basic fair housing training and customized curriculum.

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