April is Fair Housing Month and includes several events to be conducted at the City of Garland Unified Learning Center, 232 Carver Street, Garland, Texas 75040.
Activities include a free Foreclosure Prevention Workshop on April 12, 2011 at 6 p.m. This workshop is made possible by a housing partnership between the North Texas Housing Coalition, Metro Tex Realtors, and the Garland Fair Housing Office. Workshop presenters will share valuable information about alternatives to foreclosure and key strategies to preserving home ownership. Individual counseling will be available so bring copies of the following documents:
Latest mortgage statement
30 days of pay stubs
Most recent tax return
Two most recent bank statements
Most recent utility bill
A break-down of your monthly expenses.
The Garland Fair Housing Office will also conduct another Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Workshop on April 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. The workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish concurrently. The workshop will address application fees, lease agreements, evictions, lockouts, security deposits and numerous other issues that concern renters. The information is intended to help minimize landlord/tenant disputes by creating an understanding of rental responsibilities.
The Garland Fair Housing Office serves the entire community with customer services, and receives more than 500 specific landlord and tenant inquiries per year. On average, 70 residents file claims of discriminatory treatment annually. The GFHO neutrally investigates and attempts to resolve complaints on mutually agreeable terms, while preserving the public interest in fair housing choice and accessibility.
To register for Fair Housing Month activities or for additional information, please call 972-205-3300.