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Three honored for commitment to fair housing
(TAMPA, Fla., March 09, 2014)
-- A leadership banquet was held in Tampa Saturday evening to recognize those who care deeply about fair housing.
Dozens of people enjoyed dinner, jazz, and conversation at the Sheraton Suites on Cypress Street in Tampa thanks to the Bay Area Association of Realtists (NAREB).
NAREB was founded in Tampa back in 1947. It's the oldest and largest minority real estate trade organization in the country and it was created during segregation so all people of color would have a chance at home ownership. Danny Felton is the regional vice president of the organization. He says it was during a time when people of color were simply left out of the process.
Felton says, "They were not classified as realtors. The National Association of Real Estate Brokers trademarked a name called 'realtists' so many people wonder why we call ourselves realtists, but there's a lot of history that goes into that. It goes back to 1947 and it starts right here in Tampa."
FULL STORY at wtsp.com
HUD to investigate fair housing complaint in Chappaqua against New Castle and Westchester
(WASHINGTON, March 06, 2014)
-- The US Department of Housing and Urban Development today notified the town of New Castle and Westchester County that it would investigate a complaint, made under the federal Fair Housing Law, which charged that the town and the county were discriminating against racial minorities by putting up roadblocks to the 28-unit affordable housing project proposed for downtown Chappaqua.
Also named in the action were New Castle Building Inspector William Maskiell, who has declined to issue building permits for the project. He maintained the project required variances under the state Fire Code.
The complaint is attached below.
New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein was elected in November in a campaign in which his opposition was one of his central issues.
FULL STORY at lohud.com
Oak Park recruiting discrimination task force
(Oak Park, Ill., March 04, 2014)
-- The Village of Oak Park took steps to recruit a 12-member task force this week to address the "startling" level of discrimination a recent study found in the local housing market.
Village of Oak Park trustees met with the heads of citizen committees Monday in the wake of a study by the HOPE Fair Housing Center that found discrimination against African-American and disabled renters, despite a fair housing ordinance passed in the village in 1981.
"If we're really trying to find out what happened, and how to clean it up, you have to go deep," said John Murtagh, a former chairman of the village's Community Relations Commission. He said the task force should look at staffing reductions in the village's Community Relations Department, which is responsible for vetting housing discrimination complaints. Only one employee -- director Cedric Melton -- now reviews complaints.
FULL STORY at chicagotribune.com