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Michigan Association of Housing Officials

Winter Seminar Agenda
January 25, 2018


8:30 AM- Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM-Morning Session:

Topic: Inspecting Chimneys

Presenter: Hancock Chimney Service

Course objectives & coverage outline:

  • Instruction on technical aspects pertaining to chimney/fireplace safety, repairs and alternatives.
  • Statistical components: injury, death, or loss of property due to lack of adequate maintenance/repairs.
  • Review ICC and CSI standards/maintenance requirements with relevance to health and safety.
  • Basic instruction on components of fireplace, chimney and/or exhaust systems.
  • History/timeline on advances made in the industry- OLD vs. NEW systems.
  • Historic specialties: What is that? Basic styles of heating equipment/devices found in historic districts: common problems found, etc.
  • Guide/walk through a typical inspection: (standards) performed by reputable inspection company: what is expected or completed; from the call to the end of maintenance performed.
  • Common problems found in field: signs of damage, warnings & what to look for.
  • How to spot a problem/concern- signs of distress.
  • Repairs solutions: available products, new industry methods, alternative solutions (liners).
  • Importance of routine maintenance & what neglect may lead to. How often?
  • Replacement/repair options: inserts, removal, liners, etc.
  • Masonry repair concepts: tuck-pointing,
  • Leaning exterior chimney: causes, potential resolution/corrections, etc.
  • Review of videos/ photos of actual inspection(s).
  • Compare/contrast various construction materials: stone, brick, block, etc.
  • Importance of chimney liners for mechanical equipment changes.
  • Q & A session.

Noon- Lunch

1:00 pm- Afternoon Session:

Topic:  An Overview of Human Trafficking

Brigette Robarge, Luke Hassevoort

  • Brigette Robarge is a current board member for the Michigan Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board, Joint Anti-Trafficking Task Force of South Eastern Michigan, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Lead Mentor for at risk/CSEC youth at Common Ground in Oakland County. Brigette currently has eleven years of experience on the issue of human trafficking with six years personal and five years’ advocacy and resource consulting. Brigette is a current student at a local University working on the completion of her Bachelor’s in Social Work. Brigette will not stop in her quest to help fight for others that have lost the will to fight for themselves.
  • Luke Hassevoort, LMSW, graduated from the University of Michigan (BA Psychology), and Wayne State University (Masters of Social Work). Currently, he has the privilege of working with youth, families, and community partners as the Assistant Program Manager of Common Ground’s Runaway and Homeless Programs in Oakland County. Luke was also part of a team that created the documentary Hope for the Voiceless, which explores the demand for sex trafficking in the United States.

Course Description: Responding to human trafficking in our community requires that we approach the issue through a trauma-informed lens, acknowledging that survivors of human trafficking have experienced traumatic events and shaping our responses in a way that works towards recovery. Attendees of this seminar will learn:

  • What human trafficking is and what warning signs to look out for
  • Signs of trauma (brain and body responses to trauma)
  • What services (social and legal) are available in Michigan
  • How each person can play a role in ending human trafficking


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