Fair Housing Education

During this report period, July 1, 1992 through June 30, 1993, the Fair Housing educator, Jan Alderton, gave 46 formal presentations around Iowa to 1,689 people, plus unlimited audiences from numerous radio programs, newspaper interviews and television exposures. She distributed 1,463 Fair Housing packets which include 16 different items and are offered free of charge by the Commission.

She participated in numerous large group conferences such as a day-long Diversity Day at Storm lake High School, the fifth annual state Landlords Association two day meeting, various area landlord meetings, the Governor's Conference on Aging, the Iowa Newspaper Association state meeting, periodic large group Realtor seminars, sessions for Farmer's Home Administration housing project managers and a Girl Scout leader alumni recognition.

Along with basic provisions of the laws and practical applications of these provisions there were a number of new focuses for this year's Fair Housing educational activity:


The Iowa Fair Housing Awareness project began April, 1988, for 18 months. This project included a day-long visit to each of Iowa's 99 county seats with the Fair Housing motor home. Fair Housing education to Iowans continued through Fair Housing Initiative and Incentive Program grants awarded to the Commission by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Total federal grant monies received by the Cornmission for Fair Housing education and outreach since 1988 equals $300,000.

Fair Housing Education: Five Year Totals

Presentations People Packets
July 1, 1988-June 30, 1989 162 2378 -
July 1, 1989-June 30, 1990 61 1962 2308*
July 1, 1990-June 30, 1991 76 2889 1845
July 1, 1991-June 30, 1992 55 2947 2370
July 1, 1992-June 30, 1993 46 1689 1463
Totals 400 11,865 8,986

* We began counting the distribution of Fair Housing Packets on October 30, 1989


$76,000 Fair Housing Grant Awarded to the Commission 1993-94

The Commission submitted a Fair Housing Initiative Grant proposal in August 1992 to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In December 1992, we were notified our grant proposal would be awarded in the amount of $76,000. We were waiting for the official paper work at the end of the fiscal year, June 1993.

This grant will allow the Commission to continue Fair Housing education and outreach around Iowa for another 13 months. Additional provisions of the grant are:

Other agencies cooperating with the Commission in the execution of these activities are Ixgal Services of Iowa. Bureau of Refugee Services, Division of Latino Affairs, Department of the Blind, Division of Persons with Disabilities, Department of Mental Healdi/Mental Retardation and AIDS Greater Des Moines.

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