Press Release: March 28, 2013

FHJC Celebrates Fair Housing Month

New York, NY,  The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a civil rights organization based in New York City, will celebrate April as Fair Housing Month with the theme “Removing Barriers, Creating Inclusive Communities.” The Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968, one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To commemorate the 45th Anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, the FHJC has planned activities during the month of April aimed at removing discriminatory barriers to housing choice and creating more open, accessible, and inclusive communities.  

On April 11, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the FHJC will offer a free workshop entitled Accessible Housing: A Civil Right. The workshop, to be held at the Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel located at 228 Duffield St. in Brooklyn, will provide detailed and reliable information about federal accessibility requirements for the design and construction of multi-family housing. Seating is limited and attendees must register in advance of the free workshop. Details about the workshop, co-sponsors, trainers, and registration procedures can be found on the FHJC website (www.fairhousingjustice.org). Funding for the workshop is provided under a grant received from the Fair Housing Initiatives Program of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

Throughout the month of April, the FHJC will issue a series of news releases announcing the filing of fair housing lawsuits, all aimed at eliminating systemic housing discrimination and opening up housing opportunities throughout the New York City region. These cases, based on evidence gathered by the FHJC through undercover fair housing testing investigations, will draw attention to the unacceptable reality that illegal housing discrimination persists in 2013 and continues to inflict harm on individuals, families, and entire communities.

As FHJC President Gene Capello explained “These actions will underscore the need for more vigorous, coordinated, and sustained enforcement of fair housing laws.” Capello added “What better way to honor the memory of Dr. King and all of the courageous individuals who fought and struggled to pass fair housing laws than to demonstrate that these laws can still be effectively used to eliminate illegal housing discrimination and open up opportunities for all people.” FHJC Executive Director Fred Freiberg added, “The FHJC is committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers have the freedom to choose a place of residence without being subjected to illegal housing discrimination. Our goal is to foster healthy, diverse communities that afford everyone equal access to opportunities.”

About FHJC: The mission of the FHJC is to challenge systemic housing discrimination, promote open, accessible, and inclusive communities, and strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws. The FHJC assists individuals who encounter illegal housing discrimination by providing counseling on fair housing rights, investigative assistance and referrals to administrative agencies and cooperating attorneys. Individuals who encounter illegal housing discrimination are encouraged to call the FHJC at (212) 400-8201.