HOME Fair Housing Disability Rights Summit

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Cintas Center

1624 Herald Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45207

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Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) is pleased to offer the Fair Housing Disability Rights Summit on Thursday, November 1, 2018 and Friday, November 2, 2018 (1/2 day) at the Cintas Center at Xavier University.

Since 2010, housing discrimination against people with disabilities has been the #1 fair housing complaint locally and nationally, with more than half of all fair housing complaints involving this protected class.

The Summit is open to providers, advocates, case managers, developers as well as housing consumers (for example, family members of people with disabilities, people with disabilities, service providers). Local Elected and Government Officials have been invited to participate.

The draft of the agenda is included below. The Community Building Institute (CBI) at Xavier University will be hosting Local Accessibility Focus Groups on both days at the conclusion of the Summit Sessions. More information to follow.

The Summit is free to attend however, we ask that no more than 5 people from the same Organization/Company register so we may share this information with as many people as possible.

Registration will be capped at 150 people. You may register for one day or both.

There is no penalty for cancellation before the cancellation deadline, which is Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5pm. Email to cancel your registration.

Because HOME’s programs are offered free or at a heavily subsidized rate, a valuable community resource is lost if participants register but do not attend. If a participant from an Organization/Company has registered for an event, fails to cancel by the deadline and does not attend or provide a substitute attendee, the participant's Organization/Company may be charged a cancellation fee of $25.00.

Continuing Education Credit will be offered for Social Workers who request them in advance on their registration form. The total credit amount is pending.

HOME will make arrangements to accommodate all special need requests. If you would like to discuss something in greater detail than what the registration form allows please email


Day #1 Focus: Learning

Thursday, November 1, 2018 8:30am-3:00pm

CINTAS/Schiff Family Conference Center – Banquet Room

Time Activity

8:30-9:00am Registration/Breakfast

9:00-9:30am Opening/Welcome/Overview Purpose of Event

9:30-10:45am FHA at 50/Fair Housing 101:


Deb Jetter, HOME

LaTonya Springs, HOME

  • Disability #1 FHA complaint
  • RA/RM request
  • Assistance/Service/ ESA

11:00am-12:30pm Inclusive Communities & Universal Accessibility

(Panel Discussion followed by Round Table)


Stephanie Moes, Esq., Legal Aid

Stephanie Sunderland, NEST

Ernie Barbeau, Kennedy Heights

12:30-1:30pm Networking/Lunch/Access to Agency Information

1:30-2:45pm "Families' Journeys Toward Inclusive Housing: Barriers and Opportunities"


Dawn Freudenberg, Facilitator, Hamilton County DDS

John Romer, Hamilton County DDS

Diana Mairose, Hamilton County DDS

Cindy Molloy, Parent Advocate

Jon Lawniczak, Chief Advocacy Officer for Aging and Accessibility/City of Cincinnati

* History of housing for people with disabilities

* What inclusive housing means to us

* Barriers and disincentives

* A model for inclusive housing

* Questions and reflections

2:45-3:00pm Overview of Day 2/Eval/ and Adjourn

3:00-4:00pm Local Accessibility Focus Group (CBI)

Day 2: Policy & Advocacy

Friday, November 2, 2018 8:30am-12:45pm

CINTAS/Schiff Family Conference Center – Banquet Room

Time Activity

8:30-9:00pm Registration/Breakfast

9:00-9:30am Opening/Day 1 Recap/Overview

9:30-11:00am Protecting Your Rights Roundtables


Kat Lyons, CILO

Debbie Greenebaum, Hamilton County DDS

Jeniece Jones, HOME

  • Top Issues
  • Resources
  • Advocacy/ Direct Action

11:00-11:30am Break w/ snacks from CBI

11:30am-12:30pm Creating a Policy Action agenda Roundtable/ Q&A

Facilitator: Heather Sturgill, JOVIS: Addressing barriers to community living & Disability Rights Advocate

  • Personal Action Pledge

12:30-12:45pm Closing thoughts/Eval/Adjourn

1:00-2:00pm Local Accessibility Focus Group (CBI)

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Cintas Center

1624 Herald Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45207

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