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Governor Brownback Proclaims April Fair Housing Month

Kansas Housing, Cities and Non-Profits Statewide Celebrate Federal Fair Housing Act; Promote Month of Fair Housing Activities

Topeka (April 4, 2011) - Marking the 43rd anniversary of the signing of the National Fair Housing Law, Governor Sam Brownback joined Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), municipalities and non-profits statewide in proclaiming April Fair Housing Month. “Fair housing isn’t a choice. It’s the law,” said Gov. Brownback. “I urge all Kansans, homebuyers, renters, landlords and lenders, to learn about their rights and responsibilities.”

Established by Congress in 1968, the landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination in the financing, rent or sale of any dwelling based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.  In 1988, amendments to the Fair Housing Act expanded coverage to prohibit discrimination based on disability or familial status.

“Homebuyers and renters often don’t realize they’re being discriminated against and lose the opportunity of living in a home, apartment or neighborhood of their choice,” said Sheila Robles, KHRC’s Rental Compliance Director and Chairperson of the Kansas Statewide Fair Housing Task Force. “This month we celebrate 43 years of accomplishments, but there is still much work to be done.”

Throughout April, committed individuals and organizations across the state will undertake special efforts to inform the public about federal, state and local fair housing laws. Many cities and counties will adopt fair housing ordinances, issue proclamations, display fair housing posters and distribute flyers. Others will offer fair housing seminars for tenants, landlords, property managers, lenders, social workers and other interested parties.

April Fair Housing Month activities in Kansas include the following:

Tuesday, April 5 - 9am to 3pm
Basics of Fair Housing and Best Practices of Landlords
Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
1195 SW Buchanan, Conference Room, Topeka

Tuesday, April 12 – 6pm to 8:30pm
Basics of Fair Housing
Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
1195 SW Buchanan, Conference Room, Topeka

Wednesday, April 13 – 8:30am to 3pm

Fair Housing Seminar
City of Hutchinson
Stringer Fine Arts Gallery Theater
1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson

Friday, April 15 – 9am to 4:30pm
Fair Housing Seminar
City of Salina
746 Comanche Ave, Salina

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is a self-supporting, public corporation that finances and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income individuals and families. As the primary administrator of federal housing programs on behalf of the State of Kansas, we are committed to ensuring fair housing opportunity for all Kansans and equal access to KHRC programs and services by diverse populations.

Any person who believes they are the victim of housing discrimination should contact the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at www.hud.gov/fairhousing or contact the Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777 (Voice) or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY).

View Governor Brownback’s Fair Housing Proclamation.

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