JACKSON, TN, June 13 – Housing providers and planners are invited to join regulators and researchers to learn about the current status of the state’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

The training is set for June 21 at the offices of the Southwest Tennessee Development District, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Please make reservations by sending an email to [email protected]. The event was organized by the development district and the West Tennessee Council of the Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition.

The speakers include West Biebers, president of the Commonwealth Group, Kathy Trawick of the Tennessee Fair Housing Council and Megan Webb, Tennessee Housing Development Agency. The session will be of interest to lenders, REALTORS®, local planning officials and elected officials.

Biebers consults regularly on both legislative and regulatory issues at the national level. He is knowledgeable in many aspects of housing development including production, underwriting, quality control, internal audit, compliance, servicing, and portfolio analysis.

Trawick and the Council work to provide education and outreach on preventing housing discrimination, taking complaints from individuals who believe they are experiencing or have experienced a difference in treatment based on their race, color, religion, National Origin, sex, familial status, or disability.

Webb is a research analyst with THDA’s Research and Planning Department, who is currently co-leading efforts on Tennessee’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice report. At the housing agency, she also coordinates efforts for Tennessee’s Consolidated Plan and conducts additional statewide housing analysis.

The Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition creates connections between the separate but related parties working in the housing arena to increase housing opportunities for Tennesseans. It is a membership organization, open to new members through registration on TNAHC.org. It facilitates connections through three regional councils – West, Middle and East – with an annual meeting of the full membership in the Spring. The West Tennessee Council invites participation from all parties in the counties west of the Tennessee river.