HUD No. 05-056
April 25, 2005
HUD LAUNCHES SPANISH-LANGUAGE FAIR HOUSING CAMPAIGN IN 13 CITIES
Hispanic Radio Network helps Agency launch new ad
WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas are among the 13 cities targeted by a new Spanish-language fair housing radio campaign released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The goal of the new campaign is to make tenants and their landlords as well as homebuyers, realtors, borrowers, and lenders aware of federal law as prohibiting discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability.
'Our latest Housing Discrimination Study found that Hispanics experience discrimination one in four times that they attempt to rent a home,' said Carolyn Peoples, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. 'As a result of the findings, we have placed additional emphasis on education and outreach to the Hispanic community.'
In the past two years, HUD awarded $850,000 to organizations with established ties to the Hispanic community to provide bilingual fair housing materials and services. Last year, HUD allocated of $1.7 million to address discrimination against Hispanics in six states where the Hispanic population is large and rapidly growing.
The ad released today is the result of a coordinated effort between HUD and the Hispanic Radio Network. HUD has also targeted the ad for broadcast in Charlotte, Raleigh, Orlando, San Diego, Bakersfield, Fresno, Austin, Houston, Odessa and Amarillo.
'One measure of the effectiveness of these campaigns is the number of complaints filed by Hispanics,' said Peoples. 'A similar campaign last year resulted in HUD and its partners seeing a 31 percent increase in complaints alleging discrimination against Hispanics. Awareness is the first step in preventing housing discrimination.'
Commenting on HUD's outreach to Hispanics, Arturo Vasquez, Hispanic Radio Network Chief Operating Officer, said, 'We are happy to partner with HUD on getting information out to Latinos about their rights under the fair housing law and what they can do if they feel they are being discriminated against.'
Anyone who believes they have experienced housing discrimination is asked to call HUD's Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1 (800) 669-9777.
Spanish-language translation of all website information is available at espanol.hud.gov.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.