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THD presents Housing 101

TULSA, OK – [March 22, 2023] – Whether you are a landlord or a renter, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. The Tulsa Health Department is excited to once again partner with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma to offer Housing 101 on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5635 M.L.K. Jr Blvd. The workshop is free to attend but in-person space is limited to the first 150 who register, and a virtual option to attend is also available.  

Attendees will learn the minimum safety standards for housing, including electrical, plumbing, mechanical, safe heating sources, occupancy limitations and more. Legal Aid of Oklahoma will speak about the Landlord Tenant Act and Fair Housing. 

“Housing codes and regulations can be confusing.  We have offered this workshop for over seven years now and have received extremely positive feedback from people who attended,” said Kendra Wise, THD environmental health services manager. 

The workshop will include information about the International Property Maintenance Code, Oklahoma Residential Landlord-Tenant Law and the Fair Housing Act which protects against discrimination. Everyone with an interest in housing regulations is invited to attend, including apartment managers, leasing agents, landlords and renters. The event will include a Q&A session with representatives from THD and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. 

April is National Fair Housing Month. Over fifty years ago, the Fair Housing Act was signed into law for every community to be a place where people can live in strong, diverse neighborhoods with access to affordable homes, healthy food, good jobs, quality schools, green space, and other elements that help create health and wellbeing for all. Despite some progress, segregation from opportunity and unequal access to quality, affordable housing persists today. 

THD collaborates with many local partners to address health equity issues and the social determinants of health.  These determinants of health include the conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

For more information or to register for the workshop, visit Housing 101. 

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