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15th Annual Fair Housing Symposium

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Celebrate Fair Housing Month in DC with the DC Office of Human Rights, DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the DC Developmental Disabilities Council, the Equal Rights Center, and La Clínica del Pueblo at these upcoming events:


Thursday April 28, 2016: For Policy Makers, Industry, Renters, and Advocates

True Reformer Building

1200 U St NW

8:30am-12:00pm

Continental breakfast will be provided

Join us for a chat with a panel of experts on DC's an obligation to both identify impediments to fair housing and then take steps to overcome such impediments. The duty to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) has implications for every group protected by the Fair Housing Act. Each chat participant brings a unique perspective on the AFFH obligation, and their perspectives will offer insights into how DC's AFFH obligation relates to accessibility and aging, tenants, the private sector, local government agencies, and the interaction between federal and local agencies. Bring your questions!

Panelists include:

  • Johanna Shreve, Chief Tenant Advocate of DC
  • Sara Tribe Clark, Associate Director for the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) within the DC Office on Aging
  • Melody Taylor-Blancher, Regional Director at Office of Fair Housing at HUD
  • Caroline Gosse Elmendorf, Compliance Officer for The Bozzuto Group
  • Danilo Pelletiere, Senior Policy Analyst at the DC Department of Housing and Community Development


About the Panelists


Johanna Shreve is the Chief Tenant Advocate of the District of Columbia since the inception of the Office of the Tenant Advocate in fiscal year 2006. She is responsible for the creation of this government agency whose primary mission is the legal protection of District tenants, creation of educational products and the design and coordination of community based programs. In addition, the office is responsible for the administration of a citywide emergency housing program. Ms. Shreve brings more than 30 years of affordable housing work to this position and believes that all tenants are entitled to decent, safe and sanitary housing

Sara Tribe Clark is the Associate Director for the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) within the DC Office on Aging. In this capacity, Ms. Clark manages the development, administration and operations of the ADRC; collaborates with other D.C. agencies to implement systems change; and oversees multiple federal grants. Prior to her work at DCOA, Ms. Clark was the Director of the National Aging and Disability Information and Referral (I&R) Support Center at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) where she developed and administered nationwide Information and Referral trainings, and represented the national Aging and Disability Network as a board member for the Alliance of I&R Systems (AIRS). Prior to her work in Washington, DC, Ms. Clark worked for nine years in the fields of aging and disability in Massachusetts, received her Masters of Social Work degree from Boston University, and is a licensed certified social worker (LCSW).


Caroline Gosse Elmendorf is the Compliance Officer for The Bozzuto Group, where she handles all fair housing matters -- from the construction of accessible multifamily housing to ensuring that Bozzuto is proactive in providing housing “for all.” Prior to joining Bozzuto, Caroline served as Chief Counsel for the Office of Research Integrity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HHS, Caroline managed a legal team charged with investigating and prosecuting scientific fraud cases involving the misuse of federal funds. Caroline joined HHS after representing the agency for nine years as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. At DOJ, Caroline handled trials and Federal Circuit appeals under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Most of her Vaccine Program cases involved children with significant gross motor and cognitive disabilities. Caroline received her law degree from George Washington University and her B.A. from Princeton. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and D.C.


Danilo Pelletiere is a Housing Development Advisor in the Director’s Office of the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to working for the City, Danilo was a Senior Economist in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Chief Economist and Research Director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition where he focused on low income and fair housing policy and regulation. As a DC resident he is a veteran of many local political and issue campaigns. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


About the Moderator


Michael Allen practices primarily in the area of civil rights litigation. He represents individuals and organizations in cases and matters under the Fair Housing Act and related civil rights laws. A significant part of his practice is focused on the obligation to "affirmatively further fair housing," and he has brought successful cases under the False Claims Act and by way of HUD administrative complaints to enforce that obligation. He also leads the firm's disability rights practice. He has also written and lectured widely and appeared in electronic and print media articulating the firm's work in these areas.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Mr. Allen was Senior Staff Attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law from 1995 to 2006, where he focused on civil rights policy development and litigation involving people with psychiatric disabilities. Mr. Allen previously was an attorney with Legal Services of Northern Virginia from 1985 to 1995, with a focus on representing low-income clients in housing litigation and policy advocacy.


Saturday April 9, 2016: Workshop for Renters and Advocates

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

1500 Harvard St NW (accessible entrance on 16th St NW)

10:00am-12:00pm

In English and Spanish

Topics include protections based on where your money comes from, where you come from, whether or not you have children, and if you've been a victim of domestic violence.

Wednesday April 20, 2016: Workshop for Renters and Advocates

DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE

6:30pm-8:30pm

Topics include protections based on disabilities, whether or not you have children, where your money comes from, and your gender identity.

At each event, light refreshments will be provided and children are welcome. To request a reasonable accommodation or interpretation, please contact 202-727-5343 or teresa.rainey@dc.gov seven days before the given event date.

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