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Columbia fair housing seminar underway at City Hall

The 2017 Fair Housing and Lending Seminar is underway Friday at Columbia City Hall.

The a free public event features presentations by fair housing and lending experts.

St. Louis attorney Amanda Biondolino just wrapped up a presentation on service animals, fair housing and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Housing programs manager Randy Cole will present information on affordable housing and the Columbia Community Land Trust.

ABC 17 News has reported extensively on the Community Land Trust board. In January, the city of Columbia approved a transfer of land to the board to build four new affordable homes on Lynn Street in the central part of the city.

The CCLT is working with $200,000 that the city council allocated to it in 2014. $190,000 of that is helping to fund construction while the remaining $10,000 is going towards legal and accounting services.

In February, housing programs manager Randy Cole told ABC 17 News that the board hopes to have the ground lease written up and approved by April. Construction is expected to begin in May or June while marketing for the new homes will begin in July followed by the move-in process in the fall.

Friday’s seminar is hosted by the city of Columbia’s Human Rights and Disabilities commissions along with the Central Bank of Boone County, Columbia Housing Authority, Columbia Apartment Association and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

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