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Human Relations - March 18, 2014

Human Relations Commission Initiates “Breaking Barriers Award” in Conjunction with Fair Housing Month

The Human Relations Commission will highlight observance of Fair Housing Month in April by presenting its inaugural Breaking Barriers Award to the Winston-Salem office of the Legal Aid Society of North Carolina Inc.

Legal Aid is being honored for its continuing, positive efforts to support the fair housing choices and rights of those with limited incomes.

Legal Aid will receive the award Saturday, March 22, at Annual Community Service Banquet sponsored by The Chronicle newspaper. It will also be recognized at the city’s annual Fair and Affordable Housing Summit on April 17.

The Breaking Barriers Award will be presented annually to a community agency, organization, business, or non-profit that promotes fair housing opportunity through such actions as creating affordable fair housing choices for all, educating the community about fair housing rights and removing impediments to renting or purchasing safe and decent housing.

Fair Housing Month promotes the federal Fair Housing Act and its laws against housing discrimination. The Human Relations Commission and Human Relations 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, family status, or religion.

The city’s annual observance of Fair Housing Month will commence Wednesday, April 2, when Mayor Allen Joines reads a proclamation at noon at the office of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, 195 Executive Park Blvd., Winston-Salem.

Also during Fair Housing Month:

  • The annual Fair and Affordable Housing Summit for housing professionals will be held Thursday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the LJVM Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway.
  • A Hispanic Community Outreach Fair with information about city departments will be held Thursday, April 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Weatherwood Court Apartments, 133 Weatherwood Court, Winston-Salem.
  • Human Relations will hold fair housing landlord/tenant training at City Hall, 101 N. Main Street, on Wednesday, April 9, at 10 a.m. The training is open to the public.
  • The Nexus television show on WSTV 13 during April will focus on fair housing.
  • WSTV 13 will feature a variety of programming on the theme of fair housing during April, including public service announcements, information about how to purchase a house and a series of shorts produced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development on individuals who overcame housing discrimination.

For more information about Fair Housing Month and the Human Relations Department, call CityLink 311.

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