April 10, 2014

Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS Fight Back Against Housing Discrimination

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This blog was originally posted on Disability.gov.  “Suddenly, there were no more one-bedroom apartments available,” says Keith, describing his experience searching for rental housing in New York City with a voucher for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Although brokers initially told Keith that apartments were available in his price range, they refused to rent to him […]

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March 4, 2014

Do You Hear What I Hear? HUD Marks March’s Deaf History Month

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March marks Deaf History Month and HUD is reaching out to those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Recently, HUD’s Office of Fair Housing, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and the Disability Independence Group produced twelve new short fair housing videos that are now available in American Sign Language. The videos provide key information […]

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February 6, 2014

Birmingham, 50 Years Forward

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As we celebrate Black History Month, I remember when my beloved Birmingham was known as Bombingham. From the 1890s to the early 1960s, almost half of Birmingham’s population was black. But only 15 percent of the city land was zoned for them. Most of the areas where they were forced to live were often located […]

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February 4, 2014

That’s a First: A HUD Black History Fact

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Did you know that Robert Weaver, the first Secretary of HUD was also sworn in as the first African-American to hold a cabinet-level position? In fact, Weaver set the tone for HUD’s work today and is known for a series of firsts: working toward passage of the 1961 low-income rental housing program, the first piece […]

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