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Introduction: The Antidiscrimination & Labor Division (UALD) Fair Housing unit administers and enforces the Utah Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, source of income, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Act specifically prohibits discrimination against anyone who wants to rent or purchase real property (houses, condos apartments, etc.) based on the listed categories. Additionally, based on a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, anyone who files a housing discrimination complaint with our office is automatically filing with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This means we are a dual-filing office.

Mediation: Our Fair Housing unit mediates fair housing cases. Through our mediation process we can often reach an agreement between a renter/purchaser and the landlord/owner saving everyone involved a lot of time and unnecessary costs. We understand that a speedy resolution of a case is in everyone’s best interest. However, if the resolution conference is unsuccessful, we will promptly investigate the claim in order to resolve all allegations of housing discrimination.

Education & Outreach: Our housing unit also acts as a resource to renters, purchasers, property managers and owners by providing workshops and offering advice concerning laws which prohibit housing discrimination. Compliance through educational presentations has effectively been utilized by our Fair Housing Unit as a means to encourage voluntary compliance.

Education and Outreach

Dr. David Parker

Believing that education and public awareness is at the heart of ending housing discrimination throughout Utah, the Antidiscrimination Division offers a wide range of outreach educational opportunities to increase Fair Housing knowledge, understanding, and responsibilities.

The educational outreach workshops are interactive and tailored to an organization's needs. The presenter, Dr. David Parker, has decades of experience leading and facilitating workshops both in Utah and across the nation.

Who should attend the workshops?

The conversation about Fair Housing is one for every member of the community. This includes students, teachers, faith leaders, advocates, housing providers (landlords), tenants, attorneys, state and local representatives, and most importantly, the people in protected classes who are facing housing discrimination.

Here are some examples of what Dr. Parker can offer and has offered:

  • Fair Housing Workshop: introduction to Fair Housing Law including activities to engage and empower the participants.
  • Staff training and discussion regarding Fair Housing: Introduction to Fair Housing Law with activities to create discussion and greater understanding of issues related to better understanding of Fair Housing issues.
  • Facilitate discussion group(s) focusing on Fair Housing issues at community meetings, workplace groups, religious communities, etc.
  • Informational presentation as part of a larger meeting: Short presentation (10 – 15 minutes) to introduce concept of Fair Housing and respond to a few related questions.
  • Conference Keynote Speaker.
  • Conference Keynote Speaker with workshops.
  • Conference informational table: Staffing an information table at a conference.

These are a few of the examples of the educational presentations that are offered. Special requests are welcome and accommodations for your organization can be discussed.

To discuss or schedule a presentation please contact Dr. David Parker at 385-321-9317 or dparker@utah.gov

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Antidiscrimination & Labor Division
160 East 300 South, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 146640
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6640
Phone: 801-530-6801 or 1-800-222-1238
Email: fh@utah.gov