On Tuesday, May 23, Friends In Deed co-sponsored with legal service agency Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) a free fair housing training to housing providers and social services professionals from around Los Angeles County. Nearly 90 folks gathered at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, which hosted the event, to learn about how state and federal fair housing laws are designed to protect access to housing for the most vulnerable among us. Providers present included Union Station, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, mental health workers and building managers.
Nishanthi Kurukulasuriya, staff attorney at MHAS, trained attendees on aspects of fair housing law, including how to ask for reasonable accommodations for tenants with disabilities, the right to negotiate such accommodations even during the eviction process, emotional support animals and much more. Friends In Deed executive director Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater was introduced and met with many of the providers after the training to discuss homelessness prevention strategies and community service needs.