TULSA, OK – [April 17, 2018] – Whether you are a landlord or a renter, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. The Tulsa Health Department has partnered with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma to offer Housing 101 on April 26 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 space is limited to the first 150 who register.
Attendees will learn the minimum safety standards for housing, including electrical, plumbing, mechanical, safe heating sources, occupancy limitations and more.
“Housing codes and regulations can be confusing. We have offered this workshop for over two years now, and have received extremely positive feedback from people who attended,” said Bernard Dindy, THD environmental health services manager. “It’s been so popular that we are going to make a video of the presentation available on our website after the workshop, so anyone who is unable to attend can still access the information.”
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. 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 persist 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. The agency’s Environmental Health Services program created a Housing Initiative Task Force to improve housing conditions in Tulsa and provide educational workshops.
For more information or to register for the workshop please call 918-595-4200 or email EHSD@tulsa-health.org.