Second Annual Fair Housing Luncheon - Chattanooga, TN

Friday, June 08, 2007

The City of Chattanooga's Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsored a Second Annual Fair Housing Luncheon on April 19th at the ChattanoogaChoo Choo Imperial Ballroom. Many special moments were shared between all the housing partners. James Sutton, Region IV Director of HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon which drew 187 people and included mortgage bankers, realtors, fair housing leaders, and government officials.

[Photo: Mr. James Sutton]
Mr. James Sutton, delivers keynote address at Chattanooga Choo Choo's Imperial Ballroom.

Mr. Sutton said that the 1988 Fair Housing Act amendment expanded the act to include families with children and the disabled. It also gave government agencies the power to take those who discriminate to court, impose fines, and give redress to the victims.

In one year the office has worked with the Mayor's Disability Council to raise awareness about the law concerning people with disabilities and helped several people who have called with race and religion discrimination and fair housing complaints.

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