Mayor Don Wesely today signed a proclamation declaring a year-long commemoration of the federal Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act. The Realtors Association of Lincoln has chosen the theme of "Many Neighborhoods -- One America" for the observance. Tomorrow, April 11, is the 33rd anniversary of the passage of the law.
"The cornerstone of this important law is fair housing opportunities for all citizens," said Mayor Wesely. "We must continue to work hard to educate our citizens about their rights and to prevent discrimination in this area."
A free Home Buyers’ Fair has been scheduled in connection with the national observance of Fair Housing Month. The event is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21, at American Lutheran Church, 4200 Vine Street. Larry Williams, Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, said the Fair is a follow-up to last fall’s fair housing forums.
The Fair will include free credit report reviews, free home-buying classes and exhibits on financing and housing. Translators will be provided for those who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bosnian, ASL and Russian. The Fair is sponsored by the Human Rights Commission, the Urban Development Department and Century Sales and Management Company Residential Mortgage Services.
The Human Rights Commission today also announced the winners of its Fair Housing Poster and Essay Contests for middle school students. Winning the poster contest was Joanna Hoffman, Lakeview Elementary, who also placed second in the essay contest. Winning the essay contest was Alexander J. Lin of Lux Middle School, and third place went to Scout Richters, also from Lux.