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National Fair Housing Kick-Off in Denver

Carolyn Peoples, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, visited Denver on March 30th and 31st to kick-off National Fair Housing Month in a series of meetings/events involving local housing industry leaders; employees of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and; HUD employees from other program offices.

[Photo 1: Ms. Peoples with Ray Coleman]
Ms. Peoples with Ray Coleman of KLDC radio
[Photo 2: Ms. Peoples receives plaque]
Ms. Peoples receives plaque from SEP program managers. (L-R) Nanette Locke, Ann Muniz, Asst. Sec. Peoples, Deirdre Flood, Scott Houchin, Evy Meininger

In Ms. Peoples' first meeting with HUD staff on the 30th, representatives of Region VIII's Special Emphasis Programs briefly described each program's history and introduced their members. Following her remarks, the SEPs honored Ms. Peoples with a plaque recognizing her commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse HUD workforce. Ms. Peoples then met with FHEO staff who were greatly appreciative when she referred to them as the "the backbone of HUD." Her words of encouragement and willingness to listen clearly left a positive impression.

The next day, March 31st, Assistant Secretary Peoples started her day by giving two interviews on radio stations serving minority audiences. Both on a Spanish-language station and one that primarily reaches African-American listeners, Ms. Peoples emphasized two of HUD's major goals: "Fighting housing discrimination and reducing barriers to homeownership makes it possible for more Americans to invest in their future. I hope you will be inspired to do your part to promote fair housing in your community."

Ms. Peoples' final stop in Denver was The Colorado Fair Housing Summit Conference sponsored by the Colorado Civil Rights Division. As keynote speaker, Ms. Peoples addressed the conference theme "Keepers of the Dream." Approximately 250 people heard her speech recapping the history of civil rights and fair housing legislation and describing current fair housing challenges. She emphasized that the law "guarantees everyone the right to live where they want, without discrimination.

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