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Denver Metro Fair Housing Center - Promoting Fair Housing For All
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Spring 2016 Newsletter
Greetings!
 
DMFHC is gearing up for an exciting Fair Housing Month and we hope to see you at the many events we will be coordinating in celebration of the Fair Housing Act of 1968! April is Fair Housing Month nationwide and it serves as a great time to remind us all of why the Fair Housing Act is so important to building strong, inclusive communities.

Many people do not realize that the Fair Housing Act was signed into law within a week of the assassination of Martin Luther King. The momentum of the Civil Rights movement at this time propelled the Act forward and it is often seen as one of his greatest lasting legacies. Every April offers a great opportunity to recommit to our goals of eliminating housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.

At its roots, fair housing means that every person can live in a welcoming community, free of harassment, hostility, and discrimination. Everyone deserves the right to live in neighborhoods of opportunity, filled with quality schools and economic potential. The Fair Housing Act means that regardless of your race, national origin, religion, color, sex, familial status, or disability, you are entitled to live in a safe and healthy environment that allows you and your family to thrive.

Our commitment to fair housing remains constant as we move closer to a future in the Denver metro area of true integration and barrier free housing. If you would like to make a financial contribution to our cause, we accept donations through Paypal.

Thank you for your time.


Regards,
 
The Staff of DMFHC
3280 Downing St, Suite B
Denver, CO  80205
720-279-4291
info@dmfhc.org
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Second Annual Fair Housing Gala:

Please join us to honor and recognize individuals and community organizations that have made a significant difference through activism, sacrifice, and dedication to ensuring all people have freedom of choice in housing.

2016 Awardees will include:

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Jessie Ulibarri, State Senator
Pat Coyle, Deputy Director of the Department of Local Affairs
Jeff S. Fard, “Brother Jeff”


The Gala will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at Quebec & Martin Luther King Boulevard, 3203 Quebec Street Denver, CO 80207, from 5:30pm-8:30pm. There will be a cash bar and formal attire is advised.
Single seats are $110, table sponsorship is $1,100. For more information or to register online, please see our website.

For questions please contact Aaron Smith at asmith@dmfhc.org or 720-279-4291.
 
Fair Housing Proclamations:

Don't miss out on your opportunity to sponsor a Fair Housing Month Proclamation in your community! Contact Tasha Lynch at tlynch@dmfhc.org for sample language or questions about the process. Let us know about your proclamation and we will feature you in our fair housing month wrap up communications!
Join DMFHC in celebrating Fair Housing Month on Thursday, April 14th, at our new office:

DMFHC recently relocated our office to Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood and we are excited to share our new community with you! Meet us at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library at 3:00pm located at 2401 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 to begin a walking tour of Five Points’ historic African American landmarks and culminate at our new office, at 3280 Downing St, Suite B. Denver CO 80205 at 4:00pm for an open house.

If you can’t make the walking tour, we would still love to see you at our new office, 3280 Downing St, Suite B, Denver CO 80205 for our open house from 4:00pm-6:00pm where we will have light snacks, refreshments, information about our services, and opportunities to win prizes!

Information about the tour:

Five Points holds a rich African American history in the Denver metro area with important historic landmarks scattered throughout the neighborhood. Join DMFHC staff as we participate in an exciting walking tour of these landmarks, learning about the role they played in the history of the area. We will have staff available to meet at the Blair-Caldwell Library and hand out the information needed for the self guided tour until 4:30pm. We will be providing supplemental information that ties this history of the area to fair housing topics.

The tour will end at DMFHC's office at 3280 Downing St. Suite B for the Open House from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

For more information about the tour and to RSVP, please email Tasha at tlynch@dmfhc.org.
Staffing Changes:

DMFHC welcomes Aaron Smith and Miguel Trujillo. Aaron is our new Office Manager. He has a background in history and has been passionately serving several nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro area for many years. Miguel is our new Fair Housing Specialist. He has a background in public policy and worked previously as an AmeriCorps member where he focused on eliminating disparities in the immigrant and refugee community. Elizabeth Campbell, previously our Administrative Assistant, has taken on the role of Intake Specialist.
Fair Housing Tip

Familial Status: It is unlawful to deny housing to a family on the basis of having children as long as the family does not exceed occupancy standards (generally 2 persons per bedroom plus an additional person). A woman is protected under familial status as soon as she becomes pregnant. Additionally, housing providers cannot create policies that set different terms for families with children, such as a higher deposit or stating no children are allowed in the pool.


 
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.

 
If you or someone you know has been a victim of housing discrimination or has a question regarding the fair housing act, contact DMFHC at (720) 279-4291.
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