Seattle-InterIm CDA has been selected to conduct Seattle outreach as part of a National Fair Housing Media Campaign, in partnership with the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The outreach is designed to engage and educate people about their rights as homeowners and tenants. Using social media, public service announcements, and community outreach, partner organizations in 10 different cities, including Seattle, will inform residents on how to identify various forms of housing discrimination and what they can do to stop it.
According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, minority homebuyers and tenants are not always aware when they have been subjected to discrimination or even of their rights and protections afforded by the Fair Housing Act.
“Racial and ethnic discrimination against homebuyers and renters continues to be a problem across many communities in the United States,” said Pradeepta Upadhyay, InterIm CDA executive director. “We thank NALCAB and HUD for making these vital resources available so that we can educate Seattle residents about their fair housing rights.”
The National Fair Housing Media Campaign launched officially on Aug. 17. It will engage and inform Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other communities about discriminatory housing practices, their rights under the federal Fair Housing Act, and HUD resources.
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you believe you have experienced discrimination, you may file a complaint by contacting Northwest Justice Project at 206-464-1519 (voice), or Seattle Office for Civil Rights at 206-684-4500 (voice), or by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777(voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).
Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed at hud.gov/fairhousing.