People in the know—namely, managers,
owners, syndicators, developers—
understand to its fullest the concept and mission of fair housing. The general public,
not so much.
In recent years, we’ve made great
EQUAL? OR FAIR?
strides as a nation toward embracing
equal opportunity in virtually all aspects
of our lives, such as in hiring and voting.
Few today would deny the importance
of fair housing. Yet, fair housing still re-
mains a topic riddled with age-old pre-
sumptions, myths and stereotypes.
Professionals JPM® talked with indi-
cate that part of combating the fear of
fair housing is keeping the local popula-
tion properly informed about examples
well-conceived and expertly cared for.
“We’ve come a long way as a nation,”
says Lori Tillis, CPM, HCCP, vice presi-
dent of asset management for Ohio Cap-
ital Corporation for Housing in Colum-
bus, Ohio, but she sees a divide between
Exacerbating the problem is the lo-
cation of those pockets in areas without
proper services or infrastructure.
“They’re typically lacking in such ne-
cessities as good schools, proper grocer-
ies or public transportation,” says Tillis,
It needn’t be this way. But to change
current situations, basic myths have to
Training and education
By John Salustri
are the most potent
ignorance in affordable