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Community Development and Housing

Free workshops on housing rights and responsibilities

Learn about federal and state fair housing laws, how to recognize and report discrimination, the protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children, new HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices and much more during a series of free workshops being offered by the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board.

The board is conducting 10 workshops throughout San Bernardino County through the end of the month in Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Upland, Hesperia, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Needles, Rialto and Barstow, and an additional two in El Centro. Click here for details in English, and here for details in Spanish.

RSVP to attend one of the sessions here, email mmontes@ifhmb.com or call 909-984-2254, ext. 150.

 

 

Register now for the 2nd Annual Fair Housing Conference

Local community governments, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, housing developers, policymakers, real estate professionals and housing providers are invited to attend  the 2nd Annual Fair Housing Conference on April 11 in Ontario.

The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. IFHMB is excited to host the 2nd Annual Fair Housing Conference in recognition and celebration of this historic civil rights legislation that has transformed the lives of so many individuals and communities across our great nation.

The conference is expected to be a day of enrichment, recognition, continuing education, and exposure to current fair housing trends.

Join IFHMB to learn how to use housing as a platform to:

  • Create and sustain inclusive communities built on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity
  • Partner with local community organizations and municipalities to effectively “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing”
  • Identify and explore the objectives of the Fair Housing Act of 1968: past, present, and future

The conference ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, parking, conference materials and admittance per person. Click here for more information on how to register.

Interested in becoming a first-time home buyer? Take this workshop.

The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board is holding a workshop for first-time home buyers on the complete process of purchasing a home. The class covers areas such as how to buy a home, budgeting, credit, mortgage loans, and how to avoid default and foreclosure.

All participants who complete the 8-hour course will receive a certificate of completion from the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, a HUD approved counseling agency. Currently, tuition for the class is being waived.

The workshops will be held from 8 am. to 5 p.m. on March 9, 17, 23 and 31 at Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, 1500 S. Haven Avenue, Suite 100, Ontario.

Please register at www.ifhmb.eventbrite.com or call (800) 321-0911 ext. 190 for more information.

 

Residents invited to take Bloomington Park Survey

Do you live in Bloomington or own a business in Bloomington? If so, tell us what you think about your parks and what types of recreational amenities and programs you would like to see in your community! Please take about 10 minutes to complete the Bloomington Park Survey. Your feedback is very important to us as the County of San Bernardino considers expanding recreation services in Bloomington. If you have any questions, you can direct them to: Community Development & Housing at (909) 387-4705 Or you can email: gnoble@cdh.sbcounty.gov

Bloomington Park Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BloomingtonPark

¿Vive usted en Bloomington, o es dueño de negocio en Bloomington? Entonces, denos su opinión sobre sus parques y cuales instalaciones recreativas gustaría tener en su comunidad. Por favor tome 10 minutos para completar la Encuesta Sobre Parques en Bloomington aquí mismo, en Español. Su opinión es muy importante así como el Condado de San Bernardino está explorando la expansión de programas e instalaciones recreativas en Bloomington. Si tiene alguna pregunta llame: (909) 387-4705 Community Development and Housing o por correo electrónico: gnoble@cdh.sbcounty.gov

Encuesta Sobre Parques en Bloomington: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BloomingtonPark-Spanish

County helping Blue Cut victims with asbestos testing and removal

The County is continuing its ongoing effort to reach out and provide assistance to victims of the recent Blue Cut Fire. The county’s latest effort is focused on helping property owners deal with asbestos testing and removal.asbestos-removal-services

Many if not most of the homes and other buildings destroyed or damaged in the fire were built when asbestos was commonly used in many aspects of construction. Asbestos has since been deemed a highly hazardous material, and state law requires that it be collected and disposed of in accordance with specific protocols. Asbestos cannot be dumped in regular trash bins or taken to county landfills.

Testing debris for asbestos and removing it are both costly, and ordinarily these costs would be the sole responsibility of the property owner. There are no standing government programs to assist property owners with the costs of asbestos testing and removal. However, as a special service to victims of the Blue Cut Fire, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has set aside funding to cover the cost of asbestos testing and to assist with the asbestos remediation and demolition process. The county is distributing this informational flyer in both English and Korean to property owners affected by the Blue Cut Fire through the Internet and social media, at the front counters of county and other public agency offices, direct mail, and in-person.

Library grand opening celebration in Bloomington

On Saturday, May 14, San Bernardino County will hold a grand opening celebration for the new Bloomington Branch Library.

The 6,700-square-foot library is part of the newly-completed Bloomington Grove affordable housing apartments and Lillian Court senior community. The library is located at 18028 Valley Boulevard in Bloomington.

The Bloomington Branch Library features a children’s reading area, private study rooms and computer lab.Bloomington Library Flyer_English_Spanish

“It’s exciting to bring the fun of books and reading, right into the neighborhood, in a way that will encourage greater access to learning for our local families. The Bloomington Grove family housing, along with Lillian Court senior housing, provide a unique opportunity for residents to live, work and stay in Bloomington. I am so proud of this investment which demonstrates this county’s strong commitment to our unincorporated area residents,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

The free community celebration event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A public dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the library will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by lunch and library tours. Click here for details.

As many as eight food trucks will be on site that day serving a mix of hot dogs, sliders, grilled cheese, Kona ice and cupcakes, plus much more. The first 1,700 attendees will receive a complimentary lunch and dessert ticket.

The family-fun celebration will have music and entertainers including magicians, balloon storytelling and live animals. Booths will feature treats and games. The County Library and Colton Unified School District’s Super Hero Reading Program will be there as well with surprise guests and giveaways. Attendees will also learn more about Vision2Read, a Countywide Vision campaign designed to focus attention on the importance of reading, highlight literacy-related programs and services throughout the county and connect people to available reading resources and/or volunteer opportunities.

The Bloomington Branch Library is part of a greater County reinvestment in the Bloomington community. Along with the library, the County pursued development of 106 much-needed quality affordable housing apartments for seniors and families. The County will begin construction for the second phase of an additional four-acre site which will add 85 units to the Bloomington Grove affordable housing development. The second phase is set to open in Spring 2017. The County developed the housing in partnership with Related California.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home. The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural and historical development of our County community.

Need help buying a home? Free expert assistance is available

San Bernardino County has made it a priority to promote and protect homeownership. As part of that effort, the County Department of Community Development and Housing encourages interested county residents to attend a free home_ownership-1050x699housing expo and town hall meeting on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fair Housing Council of Riverside, 3933 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside.

HUD-approved housing counselors, lenders and real estate agents will be on-hand to assist those looking to buy their first home or make a new start after a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy. The event will include valuable information about down payment assistance, real estate fraud, foreclosure prevention, mortgage modification, fair housing, and more.

For more information, call 951-682-6581 or 1-800-655-1812 or register to attend at the event website. Click here for more details.

 

Discriminatory lending prevention workshop on Feb. 24

Reaching For A HomeDo you feel that your lender may have discriminated against you? Do you want to know more about discriminatory tactics used by lenders? Would you like a lawyer to review your loan for discriminatory practices?

The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board is holding a discriminatory lending prevention workshop on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at 1500 S. Haven Avenue in Ontario.

The workshop highlights:

  • Discriminatory lending practices defined
  • Types of predatory lending explained
  • Applicable federal and state laws reviewed
  • Homeownership responsibilities discussed

Space is limited. Please RSVP with Christopher Schmidt by Feb. 23 (800) 321-0911 Ext. 102.

Click here for details. Clic aquí para Español.

Need help saving your home?

homestrong usaHomeStrong USA, a nonprofit partner with San Bernardino County, is helping people save their homes.

HomeStrong USA may be able to help if you are earning less than before due to increased costs for employee benefits; possibly losing a home through a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure; having trouble refinancing; need a loan modification and do not know where to get free help; and if your or your spouse is laid off, recently unemployed or affected by mandatory furlough days.

Find out if you qualify for the free “Keep Your Home California” program and meet with a HUD-approved housing counselor to identify solutions that best suit your situation.

Call HomeStrong USA  at 877-746-2182 or visit HomeStrongUSA.org/KYHCAP to schedule an appointment.

Click here for more details.

 

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