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Virtual Fair Housing Panel

ICRC 2024 Virtual Fair Housing Panel: Fair Housing for All

When: April 25, 2024, 2PM - 3PM EST

Where: Virtual

ICRC's 2024 Virtual Fair Housing Panel is a dynamic online event that provides an overview of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission's mission, jurisdictions based on protected classes, and legal fair housing updates.

Attendees gained insight into the multifaceted legal challenges tenants and landlords face, the specific housing requirements for individuals with criminal records, and effective resources available for unhoused persons.

The highly esteemed fair housing panelists shed light on legal aspects and current practices, providing valuable insights and practical advice on navigating the challenges and barriers faced by these vulnerable populations.

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The panel is designed to offer professional development and accessible resources to diverse stakeholders, professionals, and the wider community. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available for this virtual panel. This event is free and open to the public!


David A. Fleischhacker, ICRC - David Fleischhacker joined the Indiana Civil Rights Commission as Deputy Director and General Counsel in November 2021. Prior to joining ICRC, David served over four years as the Employee Relations Deputy Counsel in the Indiana State Personnel Department. In his 13+ years of government service, he has also worked as a Staff Attorney for the Indiana Department of Correction and in various roles with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. David was also an Adjunct Faculty member for the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts for ten years, regularly teaching the Fundamentals of Speech Communication undergraduate course. David holds a J.D. from the IU McKinney School of Law (’09), as well as an M.P.A., Non-Profit Management concentration, and a B.A., Communication Studies, both from the IUPUI campus.

Melissa Deering, ICRC - Melissa is a program director for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She supervises the REPACE unit which oversees all investigations of discrimination complaints in Real-Estate, Public Accommodation, Credit, and Education. Prior to coming to the Commission, Melissa was a grant manager at the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, where she managed a multi-million-dollar grant program. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Indianapolis and over 16 years of investigative experience. Melissa has worked for over 30 years in state government.

Carol Farzetta, IHCDA - Carol Farzetta has served as the Director of Real Estate Compliance at IHCDA since December 2020. In her role, her team under Carol’s leadership, ensures initial and ongoing compliance for the Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), HOME Investment Partnerships Program, National Housing Trust Fund, Community Development Block Grant, and Community Development Block Grant Disaster funded properties. Carol has a bachelor’s degree of science from The Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies as well as a Master of Science in Human Services with a post graduate certification in Marriage and Family Systems Theories. Prior to moving to Indiana in 2007, Carol served as a Family Services Specialist for a local community nonprofit in Appalachia. Carol’s early career in social services afforded her the opportunity to visit individuals in need in their homes and in the community. Carol saw first-hand the need for quality, safe, affordable housing, and other barriers that individuals faced in her local community, including fair housing issues, especially in such a rural community. Prior to serving as the Director of Real Estate Compliance, Carol worked as the Quality Assurance Analyst for IHCDA with the Housing Choice Opportunity Department from 2017 until 2020. Prior to Carol’s work with IHCDA, she has worked for the State of Indiana as the Home and Community Based Services Analyst for the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, working on the Home and Community Based waiver programs administered by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Division of Aging, and the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services. Carol has also served as a substance abuse counselor and psychiatric social service specialist in the Indiana Department of Correction for both the states incarcerated youth and adult males.

Howard Simms, II, DMHA-FSSA - Howard Simms, II serves as the Executive Director of Equity and System Integration for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, one of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s eight care divisions. His team oversees safe and low-barrier housing initiatives, forensic treatment services, behavioral health workforce development, and health equity initiatives. Howard’s role within the division is to help facilitate policies and programming that ensure Hoosiers have continued access to quality services that promote personal, family, and community resiliency and recovery. He recently joined DMHA with over 25 years in educational leadership, higher education experience, and work around diversity and inclusion. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Indiana University. He holds a B.S. in Psychology, an M.A. in Executive Development for Public Service, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Download ICRC's CLE Document HERE.

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