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Annual summit talks fair senior housing

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Market intelligence, rental educational sessions and federal housing updates were among topics of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan’s 29th annual conference. 

Aging in place was another.

Liz Keegan is FHCWM’s director of education and outreach, and she says there’s a growing need to address barriers to fair and equitable senior housing.

"There’s about 10,000 people turning 65 every day right now across the country."

"So we really do need to think about how are we housing our seniors. And are communities prepared for people who want to live where they are currently living, for as long as they can?"

Keegan says that includes reasonable accommodations – such as handrails, accessibility ramps and allowing assistance animals.

The event also honored longtime board member and retired district judge Benjamin Logan and Marlene Cain of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for their work and commitment to fair housing.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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