Register now for free bilingual Fair Housing workshops in April

Monday, March 18, 2013

In recognition of National Fair Housing month, the City of Wilson Human Relations Office in partnership with other City departments and local organizations will be hosting two free workshops in April.

April marks the 45th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discriminatory practices in housing transactions, such as sales, rentals, and financings based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and handicap.

“Within the Human Relations Office, fair housing is on the minds of staff every day. It is important for citizens to understand what fair housing means and what their rights are as a tenant, landlord, property manager and potential homeowner,” said Reneé Smith, City of Wilson Human Relations Director. “The Human Relations office is there to field questions regarding fair housing. We are excited to partner with other city departments, as well as some local organizations this year to bring two informative workshops as we recognize National Fair Housing Month. We are looking forward to the community coming out. I promise everyone will walk away with something of value.” 

Two free Fair Housing workshops will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the St. John Community Development Corporation, 119 East Pender St. 

The first workshop will cover Homeownership Resources from 6-7 p.m. Some of the topics covered include Working with Realtors, Financing, Habitat for Humanity and City Community Partners Loan Pool Program. 

The second workshop from 7-8 p.m. will discuss Energy Savings and Neighborhood Improvement. Citizens may choose to attend one or both workshops. 

A Spanish language version of the workshops will also be presented that same evening. Workshops will include opportunity for questions.

Early registration is requested for the workshops by March 28. To register contact (252) 399-2308.

The workshop is a collaborative effort between the City of Wilson’s Human Relations Office, Community Development Department and Neighborhood Improvement Division, Wilson Energy, Wilson Board of Realtors, Wilson Community Improvement Association, Self-Help Credit Union and St. John Community Development Corporation.