Celebrate Fair Housing Month with the ERC — Virtual Events and a New Resource!
By Nick Adjami
April 1, 2022
April is Fair Housing Month! To celebrate, the ERC has released a new resource designed to educate homeowners, buyers, and sellers about sales and lending discrimination. Many people dream of owning a home and the financial advantages that can come from such an investment, but for too many Americans, discrimination in home sales and mortgage lending get in the way. Learn more about common forms of discrimination and options for recourse if you suspect you’ve been discriminated against.
We have also partnered with local agencies to offer a series of engaging and educational virtual events throughout the month. Join us to learn about historical barriers to fair housing and how we can break them down. Register at the links below.
April 13th at 12 PM — Lunch and Learn: Source of Funds Discrimination in Virginia
Susie McClannahan, the ERC’s Fair Housing Rights Program Manager, will give a presentation on source of funds protections in Virginia, hosted by the Virginia Fair Housing Office.
April 25th at 6 PM — Fair Housing in DC: Envisioning an Equitable City
Featuring a keynote from author and Georgetown Law professor Sheryll Cashin
Join the Equal Rights Center and DC Department of Housing and Community Development for an engaging discussion about the history of local housing segregation and how we can build a more equitable future. The event will feature a keynote talk by author and Georgetown Law professor Sheryll Cashin. We’ll also discuss the DC region’s “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” and empower attendees to participate in the process. Captioning will be provided. For additional reasonable accommodation requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 27th at 9:30 AM — Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Barriers and Bridges to Fair Housing
The Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs (FCOHREP) is pleased to invite you to a virtual Fair Housing presentation and training session, presented in collaboration with the Equal Rights Center, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® (NVAR). The training portion of the event, which the ERC is delivering, will include a detailed discussion of source of funds protections and reasonable accommodations in housing. Captioning will be provided. To submit a reasonable accommodation request, please contact: email@example.com by April 14th.
April 28th at 1 PM — Updates on Federal, State, and Local Fair Housing Protections
Loudoun County is offering three events this month to share fair housing knowledge. This one, featuring the ERC and HOME of Virginia, will educate attendees about federal, state, and local fair housing protections.
The Equal Rights Center (ERC) — a national non-profit organization — is a civil rights organization that identifies and seeks to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations in its home community of Greater Washington DC and nationwide. The ERC’s core strategy for identifying unlawful and unfair discrimination is civil rights testing. When the ERC identifies discrimination, it seeks to eliminate it through the use of testing data to educate the public and business community, support policy advocacy, conduct compliance testing and training, and, if necessary, take enforcement action. For more information, please visit www.equalrightscenter.org.