The city’s annual observance of Fair Housing Month will commence Monday, April 7 with Mayor Allen Joines reading a proclamation at noon at the office of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, 195 Executive Park Blvd., Winston-Salem.
Fair Housing Month promotes the federal Fair Housing Act and its laws against housing discrimination. 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Winston-Salem has a fair housing ordinance that mirrors the Fair Housing Act. The Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission and Department are responsible for enforcing fair housing laws locally to ensure fair and equal housing access and treatment for all people regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, familial status, or religion.
Also during Fair Housing Month, the annual Fair and Affordable Housing Summit for housing professionals will be held April 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the LJVM Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway.
In addition, "The Other Side," a drama examining housing and race discrimination before the civil-rights era, will be shown during April on WSTV 13, the government channel on Time Warner Cable in Forsyth County.
For more information about Fair Housing Month and the Human Relations Department, call 727-2429.