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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards Over $443,000 Fair Housing Contact Service to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing

UPublish story by Brian McKenzie

All too often affordable and sufficient housing remains an unattainable aspiration for many individuals within our communities. Equal housing choices have been constrained due to discriminatory practices which have been reinforced through historic patterns of segregation. Due to this, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a rule to effectively further the intent and policies addressed under the Fair Housing Act for which Fair Housing Contact Service has been awarded an opportunity to aid in those efforts.

Fair Housing Contact Service (FHCS), an Akron-based civil rights organization, works to prevent and eliminate housing discrimination and promote equal housing opportunity. To fulfill this mission, FHCS investigates and monitors fair housing practices while assisting community members with concerns pertaining to fair housing matters.

On September 25, 2013 HUD graciously awarded FHCS to assist in the resilient efforts being made to end housing discrimination. FHCS was the recipient of two grants: a $325,000 Multi-Year Private Enforcement Initiative and an $118,739 Education and Outreach Initiative for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. These awards will be used to deliver comprehensive fair housing investigation, testing, and enforcement activities while promoting a new curriculum of affirmatively furthering fair housing. This curriculum will be utilized to educate and train recipients of federal funds, teachers and students, landlords and housing industry representatives, and state and local government personnel on the obligation to foster both inclusive and integrated communities through proactive community development.

To continue to highlight this issue, FHCS is delighted to host our 48th Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, October 24, 2013. This year's Keynote Speaker is Marilyn Tobocman, Principal Assistant Attorney General within the Civil Rights Section, who will present on the topic of Fair Housing: A Clear Path for All. The program will include an overview of fair housing rights and responsibilities while addressing the fundamental duties required to affirmatively furthering fair housing. For more information, please contact Fair Housing Contact Service at 330.376.6191 or visit our website at:

www.fairhousingakron.org.


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