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City Will Host Event to Educate on Fair Housing Regulations

Released on Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Imagine you are a twenty-two-year-old female college student moving off campus for the first time with your best friend. You find your perfect rental property: safe, affordable and close to class.

You submit your application, pay the associated fees and quickly discover the property owners deny your application because of two personal details: you are a Hispanic female.

This type of discrimination is why fair housing practices were enacted in the state of Colorado. These laws ensure everyone has equal access to the housing of their choice. Individuals cannot be denied housing based on: race, color, religion, creed, national origin/ancestry, sex, disability/handicap, sexual orientation, marital status and familial status.

In coordination with National Fair Housing month in April, The City of Fort Collins is hosting a Fair Housing educational event on Tuesday, April 9 from 1 – 5 p.m. at 222 Laporte Ave. in the Colorado River Room. This educational opportunity will include a presentation by Dindi Wade from Denver Metro Fair Housing Center and a panel discussion by municipal code experts.

The purpose of the event is to increase efforts to end housing discrimination and raise awareness of fair housing rights, as well as educate landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities. Those interested in participating should RSVP by April 2 at fairhousing.app.rsvpify.com. Capacity is limited and interpretation services will be available to those who request it.

Mayor Wade Troxell will also do a Fair Housing Month proclamation on April 16. To find out more about Fair Housing in Fort Collins, visit fcgov.com/socialsustainability/.

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