Opening Acts – June 06, 2019

Fair Housing Education and Outreach Grant Awarded

FHJC TO PRODUCE AN ORIGINAL THEATRICAL PRODUCTION

The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) received a $125,000 one-year Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) grant from the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will be used to create, produce, and perform an original theatrical production about housing discrimination and residential segregation.
 
The Fair Housing Monologues Project will be a powerful theatrical production. Bringing to life the varied stories and voices of home seekers, attorneys, investigators, and others, the play will connect with audiences on an emotional level, revealing how housing discrimination affects us all.
 
To create this one-of-a-kind production, the FHJC has assembled some of New York’s most talented and accomplished entertainment professionals, all of whom have a direct connection to fair housing issues.
 
FHJC Executive Director Fred Freiberg stated, “We are extremely excited about this project. The way housing discrimination occurs and the impact it continues to have on the lives of people and communities is still profoundly misunderstood. By using the intimate power of live theater to tell these important stories, we hope our audiences will feel a personal connection to these issues, inspiring more people to act for change.”
 
Three free performances of the production, including one matinee, are tentatively scheduled during April 2020 as part of Fair Housing Month. The final script and an accompanying video will then be made available at no cost to other fair housing organizations to create their own productions across the country.