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Realtors hold Summit in Allentown of fair housing
     (Allentown, Pa., April 24, 2014) -- Fair housing was the subject of a Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors summit this morning in Allentown.
     The summit, held in partnership with North Penn Legal Services at the Holiday Inn Center City, was geared to provide training to real estate agents, other housing professionals and community leaders on fair housing laws.
     The summit was held, in part, in response to a report released by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley in 2012 that found that some Lehigh Valley real estate agents were violating fair housing standards in Allentown.
     A study had shown that some agents were steering white buyers out of center city Allentown and into the suburbs, among other claims. FULL STORY at lvb.com

Buckhead residents fight $3M church rectory project
     (BUCKHEAD, Ga., April 24, 2014) -- Many Buckhead residents oppose efforts by the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Cathedral of Christ the King to build a Rectory for priests in the midst of Peachtree Heights West, a neighborhood zoned for single family use.
     The construction plans call for a 2,978 sq. ft., two-story dormitory with four bedroom suites in the location of the current garage on the property located at 136 West Wesley Road. The dormitory will include an exercise room and library. The plans also call for a substantial renovation to the existing single family home on the property.
     The main house will include an additional three bedrooms, an expansive kitchen, two eating areas, a chapel, a large priests’ den complete with a full bar with bottle shelves and mirror and a library. Connected by an open breezeway, the overall project will include seven bedrooms, each with walk-in closets, private bathrooms and separate living rooms with alcoves containing sinks and under the counter refrigerators. There will also be one additional bathroom in the basement where an office and laundry area will be located. According to public statements by Christ the King officials, the Rectory will house Father Frank McNamee and six (6) priests. FULL STORY at buckhead.patch.com

Boise State provides housing opportunities for felons
     (BOISE, Idaho., April 21, 2014) -- Being a felon does not necessarily disqualify individuals from living in on-campus housing at Boise State, but the presence of a felony on one’s record certainly makes the process of finding and renting an apartment or a house more difficult.
     “I was homeless for six months, and when you’re on probation, having a place to live, it’s like part of your agreement,” junior communication major Connie Grainger said.
     According to Grainger, she has two felonies on her record: injury to a child and intimidating a state witness.
      FULL STORY at arbiteronline.com

Affordable housing still hard to come by
     (CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 21, 2014) -- Michael and Kathy Moser were looking for a way out.
     They had outgrown the house on Park Avenue in Cedar Rapids they were renting with four other people. It was crowded, and they wanted a place with more privacy, but with their credit as it was, there was no way they would qualify for a loan to buy their own place.
     Sarah Celichowski, a single-mother of four, had been moving around, from transitional housing to a friend’s house to the Catholic Worker House and then to the Waypoint Madge Phillips Center Shelter.
     Affordable housing is a critical part of any community’s array of housing options.
     According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, affordable housing is generally needed for families “who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing.” HUD estimates that nationwide some 12 million renter and homeowner households pay more than 50 percent of their annual income for housing.
      FULL STORY at thegazette.com

Bowling Green Human Rights Commission hosts "Get on the Bus"
     (BOWLING GREEN, Ky., April 21, 2014) -- In honor of National Fair Housing Month, the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission a host a “Get on the Bus” guided tour Tuesday through some of the city’s once-segregated neighborhoods.
     The commission’s executive director Alice Waddell says the tour will provide a lesson on the history of the communities and how they transitioned following segregation.
     Waddell says housing discrimination continues today, though not always based on race.
     "We have a lot of immigrants, and we find a lot of them have problems with housing, especially leases and not understanding them, and sometimes they are taken advantage of," explains Waddell. FULL STORY at wkyufm.org

HUD and city of Dubuque, Iowa settle allegations of discrimination against African Americans
     (WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2014) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today an agreement with the city of Dubuque, Iowa, settling allegations that the City discriminated against African Americans in the administration of its Housing Choice Voucher Program.
     Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
     The agreement announced today is the result of a review HUD conducted in June 2011, which found that Dubuque imposed policies that discriminated against housing choice voucher applicants based on their race. Specifically, the review found that, in response to racial tensions and concerns about crime, the City established a residency preference point system that effectively imposed a residency requirement, putting those from predominantly African American areas at a disadvantage.
     “HUD makes certain that people from all communities are given equal and meaningful access to taxpayer-funded programs,” said Bryan Greene, HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD will continue to work with state and municipal governments to ensure that no one is denied housing choice or housing assistance because of his or her race.” NEWS RELEASE from HUD

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