|HUD No. KY14-003
April 22, 2014
FREE GET ON THE BUS TOUR FOR FAIR HOUSING
Local advocates gather to tour Bowling Green segregation sites and to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the National Fair Housing Act
LOUISVILLE - Fair housing advocates and the community gathered at the State Street Baptist Church in Bowling Green on April 22, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. CDT to commemorate the 46th Anniversary of the National Fair Housing Act and to hear about the history of segregation in the city.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) celebrates every April to memorialize the anniversary of the signing of the National Fair Housing Act, the law that makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, national origin religion, sex, disability and familial status. This year's theme is Fair Housing is Your Right: Use it!
Get on the Bus: The Path Toward Equal Housing Opportunity included various speakers such as the Mayor, Bruce Wilkerson, the HUD Southeast Region Programs and Compliance Director Krista Mills, Executive Director of Kentucky Housing Corporation Kathy Peters, a Bowling Green Human Rights Commission representative, and a State Street Baptist Church representative. Thereafter everyone took the bus guided tour until approximately 4:00 p.m. Participants toured specific neighborhoods throughout Bowling Green with historical significance to segregation and received an explanation on the current impacts to the community.
"On this 46th anniversary of the National Fair Housing Act it is an important time to emphasize that everyone has the right to choose where they live and that their rights are protected by law," said Robert D. Kuhnle, Acting HUD Kentucky Field Office Director.
Partnering with HUD to co-organize Get on the Bus: The Path Toward Equal Housing Opportunity included the Lexington Fair Housing Council, Kentucky Housing Corporation, and the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission.
Each year, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) partner agencies receive and investigate almost 9,000 complaints alleging discrimination based on one of the Fair Housing Act's seven prohibited bases: race, color, national origin, religion, gender, family status, and disability. Last year, disability was the most common basis of complaints filed with HUD and FHAP agencies, being cited as a basis for 4,429 complaints, or 53 percent of the overall total. Race was the second most common basis of complaints, being cited as a basis for 2,337 complaints, or 28 percent of the overall total.
For those who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination they should contact HUD at (800) 669-9777 (voice), (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Additional information is available at www.hud.gov/fairhousing and through our new fair housing mobile application for iPhone and iPad users.
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