April is Fair Housing Month!

Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in April 1968, immediately following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Amended in 1988, the Act guarantees equal housing opportunities for all people and makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, family status or disability.

In observance of Fair Housing Month, consider holding an educational event to raise awareness about the continued presence of housing discrimination and the benefits of living in an inclusive community. Some suggestions include hosting a community-wide dialogue about strategies to create a more welcoming community, sponsor storybook reading in kindergarten classes of “When Chocolate Milk Moved In” by Ken Harvey or other books about living in a multicultural community, include a flyer about fair housing in the utility bill and send it to every household in your community, add a link on the town website to local fair housing/human rights agencies, or sponsor advertisements and programs on public access television.

Also, please consider attending any of the free fair housing events listed below.

Fair Housing Training: Bowling Green

This is an opportunity for any and all Kentucky-based individuals involved in the housing industry – landlords, property managers, leasing agents, maintenance workers, real estate agents, etc. – to come learn about their rights and responsibilities under federal, state, and local housing law. Seating is limited, so please register as soon.

April 14, 2016, 9AM – 1PM (CDT)
The National Corvette Museum
350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

If you would like to register for this event, please complete the registration form.

Get on the Bus: Owensboro

Get on the Bus event will be in Owensboro, KY. The Lexington Fair Housing Council is working with local historians and city officials to organize a guided tour through Owensboro’s segregation history. Participants will visit neighborhoods and highlight historically significant sites where segregation thrived as well as where the major steps were made to dismantle segregation.

April 26, 2016, 12:30PM – 4PM (CST)
Owensboro Science and History Museum
122 East 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42303
If you would like to register for this event, please complete the registration form.

Statewide Fair Housing Trainings: Winchester and Somerset

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, along with the Lexington Fair Housing Council and the Kentucky Housing Corporation, is hosting a fair housing training in Winchester on April 22 and one in Somerset on April 28, 2016. Here are the flyers about Winchester and Somerset.

These trainings are part of a statewide campaign during April, to increase awareness about federal and Kentucky fair housing laws, which prohibit discrimination in housing. The National Fair Housing Alliance, reports about four million fair housing violations occur each year and only one percent of these violations is reported. To register, send an email to Juan Peña with Kentucky Commission on Human Rights at:juan.pena (at) ky (dot) gov.

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