Opening Acts Newsletter: December 3, 2013

Accessibility Workshop to Focus on Federal Design and Construction Requirements

Still Time to Register for December 12th Workshop

On Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is sponsoring a free workshop on accessibility at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) located at 365 Fifth Avenue, Skylight Room 9100, New York, NY. The workshop, entitled Accessible Housing: A Civil Right, will offer vital information on federal fair housing accessibility requirements for the design and construction of multi-family housing. The workshop will provide architects, builders, contractors, building engineers, real estate professionals, attorneys, government officials, disability rights advocates, and others with detailed and reliable information about federal fair housing accessibility requirements. Two nationally known experts on housing accessibility, Attorney Scott Moore, a partner with the law firm of Baird Holm LLP in Omaha, and Jack Catlin, a founding partner with LCM Architects of Chicago, will provide the instruction at the workshop.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available to attorneys and Continuing Education Hours (4 HSW) are available to architects who attend the workshop. While the workshop is provided at no charge, seating is limited and you must register in advance to attend the workshop. The deadline for registration is December 9, 2013. Persons interested in attending the workshops should email FHJC Staff Attorney Kinshasa Hillery at

The accessibility workshop is being co-sponsored by the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) and the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID). Funding for the workshop is provided by the Fair Housing Initiatives Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

FHJC in the News in November

On November 22, 2013, the National Public Radio (NPR) program called This American Life featured a collection of stories focused on the issue of housing discrimination in the United States. In act one of the program, reporter Nancy Updike spoke with several Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) testers who recounted their experiences on the front lines of the struggle to eliminate housing discrimination in New York City. With hidden microphones, testers recorded rental agents telling African American testers that no apartments were available to rent, while informing white testers about available apartments.

On November 20, 2013, the Brian Lehrer Show on CUNY TV focused on the state of housing discrimination in New York City. Mr. Lehrer met with Steve Brady and Keith Short, both of whom are featured in the FHJC film A Matter Of Place. Mr. Lehrer also spoke with Fred Freiberg, FHJC Field Services Director.

Links to both the NPR This American Life program entitled “House Rules” and the Brian Lehrer show on CUNY TV can be found on the FHJC website at Also, the FHJC documentary, A Matter of Place, is now available for viewing on the FHJC website.