National Community Reinvestment Coalition Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rachel Maleh
Colonias Press Conference 4/22/04 at 10:30 am at Bienestar Familiar
Washington, DCApril 15The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is pleased to announce the opening of the Border Fair Housing & Economic Justice Center in El Paso, Texas. The Center is founded by both private and public sector community leaders in the Colonias of the Southwest to address the growing need in that community, and is funded by a one million dollar federal grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Border Fair Housing & Economic Justice Center is being founded by community leaders who live and work in the border region individuals who are painfully aware of the discriminatory practices that exist in their community. Working as a team- NCRC, community leaders and HUD this Center will be an extension of NCRC and work towards our goal of making access to capital and credit a reality for individuals living in the Colonias, states John Taylor, President and CEO of NCRC. Taylor continues, We applaud HUD for their commitment to our nations communities and for their ongoing efforts to affirmatively further fair housing in rural communities.
The Border Fair Housing Center will be located at 2017 Texas Ave in El Paso, Texas. The centers phone number is (915) 351-2770. There will be a press conference held at Bienestar Familiar 10189 Socorro Road El Paso, Texas 79927 on Thursday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. to introduce the new centers Board of Directors, sponsors and to announce the agencies programs.
The Centers commitment is to economic justice, affordable housing, equal access to credit and fair housing in the region. The center will offer educational programs and provide testing to uncover housing discrimination in the community while fulfilling its commitment to the broader issues of economic justice. The federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to consider race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family status in the sale or rental of housing, states David Berenbaum, NCRCs Senior Vice President. In addition to organizing local residents to form the Centers board of directors, NCRC will also technical assistance and training to the Center staff. The goal is that in three years the Center will become an independent organization, and a new NCRC member.
Daniel Solis, the founding Chairperson of the Border Fair Housing and Economic Justice Center, stated that The mission of the Border Fair Housing Center is to ensure greater compliance with federal, state and local laws through a multifaceted fair housing program in our communities in the Colonias. The Center will be governed by local leaders in the border communities who are committed to economic justice, affordable housing and equal access to credit and fair housing in the region. The Centers approach will celebrate collaboration and partnership with the public and private sector and education & outreach, counseling and advocacy, best practice initiatives, community development, research & planning and the enforcement of civil rights and consumer protection laws in the Colonias.
The founding Board of Directors for the Border Fair Housing & Economic Justice Center are:
Daniel Solis, Chairperson
Allianza Para El Desarollo Comunitario, Inc.,
Norma Chavez, First Chairperson
Chair, Border and International Affairs Committee,
Rick Rhey, Second Chairperson
Larry Garcia, Treasurer
Rose Garcia, Secretary
Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation
Sandra Sanchez Almanzan
Carlos Aguilar, III
North American Realty
Lorenzo H. Aguilar
Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs
Sparks Housing Development Corporation
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Michael Wyatt, Esq.
Joining the board of directors is Anibal Olague who will serve as the organizations first Executive Director. Mr. Olague previously served as the Border Field Officer, Office of Colonia Initiatives, for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. To quote Mr Olague, For many years, community based organizations have been searching for the tools necessary to fight the discrimination and predatory lending practices affecting our border communities. The Border Fair Housing & Economic Justice Center will be a true representative of the community and we are very excited to finally identify a partnership that will allow us to implement and achieve our goals in improving and protecting our community.
For more information on NCRC and/or to schedule an interview or to attend the Open House on Thursday, April 22nd please contact Rachel Maleh at 202-628-8866 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.