Podcast Episode 16: An In-depth Conversation About Fair Housing

April 16, 2021 | by Anna Orendain

Categories: Fair Housing, First Time Buyer, Homeownership, Podcast, Rental Housing


April is National Fair Housing Month, but do you know your housing rights and what's required of housing providers? Join us as Frank Duplechain III and Michael Wilt, our newest guest host, visit with Ellena E. Rodriguez, Manager of Outreach, Compliance & Resolutions with the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division to break down what the Fair Housing Act is and the protections it provides.

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Meet Our Guest—Ellena E. Rodriguez

Ellena E. Rodriguez is the current Manager of the Outreach, Compliance, and Resolutions team for the Civil Rights Division (CRD) of the Texas Workforce Commission. In this role, she educates others on the federal and state equal employment rights and fair housing laws that affect residents across Texas. She is also a licensed Global Career Development Facilitator and Workforce Development Specialist, as well as a certified Offender Employment Specialist.

Ellena has been a social worker for over 25 years and specializes in workforce development programs that focus on supportive services for persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, adults, veterans, and ex-offenders.

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Hi James, if you do not possess a Texas drivers license, you may be required to present another form of identification. We recommend reaching out to your trusted lender for more individualized assistance.

James Head

How can you get a homestead property tax exemption if you live in your home as the owner but do not have a driver’s license?

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