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Dale Gray
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April 17, 2008


KANSAS CITY, KS - Three schools in Kansas joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to announce its first-ever "Fair Housing Education in America Day" which was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Designed for 4th through 6th grade students, this national education project gave teachers, parents and their
children a basic understanding of the landmark Fair Housing Act.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. To mark this occasion, HUD’s Office of Fair Housing
and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and its fair housing partners encouraged schools across the country to instruct
younger children about fair housing opportunities. Using a lesson plan developed by HUD, instructors visited Douglas Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas, Ravenwood Elementary in Olathe, and Stucky Middle School in Wichita to
educate young people and to promote the principles of equal opportunity in housing.

"The goal of 'Fair Housing Education in America Day' is to start the conversation about fair housing opportunities at
a young age," said Kim Kendrick, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "It’s critically important to teach future generations of renters and home buyers about their rights under the law."

The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on families with children, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or sex and this April marks its 40th anniversary. Used to create awareness, Fair Housing Month is designed to educate people of all ages about the rights they have under the Fair Housing Act.

[Photo: Fair housing instructor with teacher]

The alternate day for "Fair Housing Education in America Day" is April 23. See a listing of participating schools.

FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate over 10,000 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice), 800-927-9275 (TTY). Stay on top of the most up-to-date news regarding the Fair Housing Act by signing up for the FHEO RSS Feed.


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