We have been working very hard to offer community events that everyone will enjoy but it seems to be always family oriented and we do have a lot of other people in our housing units. How can we create these events that would be geared more towards the adult groups in our community without violating Fair Housing?
First of all, Ms. Collyear, congratulations on being both aware of and committed to the need to include all of your residents in community events. I do believe (although I warn you not to take this as legal advice because it isn’t) that you may have the occasional event that is not aimed as families. However, there are two caveats to this. First, even if an event is not targeted to families, it should be promoted on an “everyone welcome” or “all residents are invited to” basis. You cannot even hint or suggest that residents should not bring their children if they wish. Secondly, the operational word here is “occasional” (in fact, let’s have two operational words: “very occasional”). Such events should be offered rarely.
I can draw a parallel to this with swimming pools. You cannot have adult swims (don’t even think about that!) But you can, for example, have lap swim times with the same 2 caveats as above. Children who can swim well can in fact swim laps during those times and lap swims will be very occasional – perhaps 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon.
While you may have residents who complain about your event because they do not like to socialize with certain of their neighbors (the child ones), that is their problem. If you cater to that in violation of fair housing law it will totally become your problem (with all that such entails, including your money). So stay smart!Google+