Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Disaster Toolkit (July 2007)


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The leadership of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) strongly believes that, as fair housing professionals, we have a responsibility to ensure that persons affected by disaster are not victimized when searching for a new place to call home. As a measure of prevention and pro-action, FHEO has collaborated with a group of Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) and Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) agencies and other fair housing professionals to develop a fair housing toolkit for emergency preparedness. Toward this end, FHEO engaged the Dixon Group and Emergency Management and Special Needs Consultants to facilitate roundtable discussions to define the role of fair housing in disaster preparedness planning, identify the challenges that fair housing professionals face in responding to disaster situations, develop disaster-related education and outreach initiatives, develop communication strategies, and coordinate enforcement efforts. This document reflects the experiences and input received from the technical work group participants, that included our fair housing partners and FHEO staff, and the framework established by the disaster preparedness plan of Region IV. Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, and may force people to flee 

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