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Denver Metro Fair Housing Center - Promoting Fair Housing For All
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Greetings!

In April, fair housing advocates come together as a community and a nation to celebrate the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to our goal of eliminating housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.  During Fair Housing Month, special programs, trainings, and celebrations will be taking place throughout the country in support of the Fair Housing Act.

All of us at DMFHC are gearing up for Fair Housing Month and we invite you to join us!  We are celebrating our third Fair Housing Month as an organization, and this year we are expanding our community engagement! 

The Cities of Denver, Loveland, and Grand Junction have informed us that they will be sponsoring Fair Housing Proclamations this year.  Let us know if your jurisdiction would like more information on how to sponsor your own Proclamation.

DMFHC will be participating in "Kitchen Talk" with the Colorado Association of the Deaf on Saturday, April 11th.  See this flyer for more information!

On April 13th, DMFHC will be participating in Make a Difference Mondays at The Ginn Mill from 6:00-8:00PM.  Enjoy drinks, food from A Taste of the Philippines food truck, local slam poet Jovan Mays, and live music by Trevor Jones.  Admission is free, but all proceeds from drink purchases and a portion of the proceeds from A Taste of the Philippines will be donated to DMFHC to help support our mission!  RSVP today!

Join us for dinner, guest speakers, fair housing awards, a silent auction, and special keynote speaker Mayor Michael B. Hancock at the first annual Fair Housing Gala on April 24th.  For more information and to register for the event, contact Alaina at amcwhorter@dmfhc.org or (720) 279-4291.
We hope to see you all at our upcoming events!  Thank you for all you do to support fair housing!

Regards,

The DMFHC Team

 
Fair Housing in the News

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects all individuals from housing discrimination on the basis of their race, national origin, color, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.  The FHA protects us from intentional discrimination, such as a landlord refusing to rent to a family with children.  It also protects us from housing policies and practices that have a disparate impact on protected classes, such as city zoning codes which block the construction of affordable housing or predatory lending practices that target minority borrowers.

As intentional forms of housing discrimination become rarer, the unintentional forms of discrimination that create a disparate impact on protected classes are one of the biggest challenges organizations like DMFHC face in erasing decades of imbedded segregation from our neighborhoods.  Housing policies and practices that promote inclusive communities, distribute affordable housing evenly, and proactively Affirmatively Further Fair Housing are the biggest tools fair housing advocates have for eliminating segregated housing patterns.  Housing programs that further isolate protected classes will only perpetuate segregation and limit housing choice for everyone.

Currently, the Supreme Court is hearing a case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, which will decide whether or not the FHA will continue to be interpreted as covering disparate impact claims.  DMFHC and other fair housing advocates deeply hope this important protection is upheld.  Where we live affects every aspect of our lives; our job opportunities, transportation options, access to healthy foods, proximity to healthcare, and where our children go to school.  Fair housing choice deserves every protection originally intended by the FHA.
Fair Housing Tip

People with disabilities are protected by the FHA.  If a person with a disability informs a housing provider that they have a service or companion animal that helps their disability a housing provider should work with the tenant regarding their request to fully utilize and enjoy their home.  A request like this, which might require a bend in usual policies or procedures, is called a
Reasonable Accommodation
 
Volunteers needed!

DMFHC is always in need of fair housing testers of all ages and backgrounds to help us investigate housing discrimination.  Testers are provided a stipend for their work and reimbursed for their mileage.  If you or someone you know is interested in helping us achieve our mission give us a call at 720-279-4291.

 
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