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Human Relations - Oct. 18, 2018

The Human Relations Department and the New Horizons Fair Housing Committee are sponsoring a free day-long symposium Wednesday, Nov.14, on gentrification and the issues it raises for neighborhoods and individuals. The symposium will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Embassy Suites at 460 N. Cherry St., Winston-Salem.

The seminar will examine the effects of rehabilitation projects on low- to moderate-income neighborhoods and residents and the impact on the day-to-day lives of those affected. Breakout sessions will cover such topics as working wage vs. market rate rent; evictions, housing, and foreclosures; fair housing; and public/private investments in the community.

Stephen Sills, the director of the Center for Housing and Community Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will give the keynote address. Other speakers will include James Perry, the president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League; Michael McNair, the director of community development and housing for the city of High Point; Kelly Clarke, the supervising attorney for the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina; and N.C. Rep. Derwin Montgomery.

The symposium is free and includes lunch. Those interested in attending should register by Nov. 5 by calling 336-734-1227 or sending an email to

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