Annual Fair Housing Symposium

Each year, during National Fair Housing Month in April, the City of Bowie hosts a free fair housing symposium. This year's event will took place online on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Check back soon for next year's date.

 Who Should View the Presentation

Code Enforcement Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, City and County employees, realtors, property management firms, homeowner associations, and all persons interested in housing protections and affordability for veterans, persons with disabilities, families, and others, including any resident interested in learning more about fair housing laws and protections.

Presentation by Manuel Ochoa of Ochoa Urban Collaborative

Manuel T. Ochoa has over 25 years’ experience in urban planning, housing, and community development. Manuel is principal and founder of the Ochoa Urban Collaborative. Before founding Ochoa Urban Collaborative, Ochoa has been a leader in community and economic development with a unique mix of experience in federal and local government, as well as national non-profits. Manuel assisted in the development of the 2020-2025 PGC/Bowie Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) and is a consultant on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Regional AI team.

Learn more about the Ochoa Urban Collaborative 


 Fair Housing Month

The City of Bowie is an Entitlement Community with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As part of its annual certification for the receipt and use of grant funds provided to the City, the City Manager, and Mayor and City Council by resolution, agree to:

Affirmatively Further Fair Housing
The Office of Grants Development & Administration (OGDA) is the City’s Fair Housing Administration and Compliance entity and is responsible for community outreach, education, information dissemination, and the City’s intake and referral process for persons/families with Fair Housing complaints.

The jurisdiction will affirmatively further fair housing, which means it will conduct an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice within the jurisdiction, take appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through that analysis, and maintain records reflecting that analysis and actions in this regard.

Click here to read the joint PGC/Bowie 2020 – 2025 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)

Resources and details about Fair Housing laws and regulations at the local, county, state, and federal level can be found on this website.

Visit the HUD website for a complete listing of further information and links regarding Fair Housing.