April 8, 2014

During Fair Housing Month, it’s about “A Matter of Place”

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When I watched the documentary “A Matter of Place” produced by the Fair Housing Justice Center, I was reminded of why our work to end housing discrimination is as relevant today as it was when the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968. Despite the perception of many, this powerful short film shows us that […]

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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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July 29, 2013

HUD Helps Moms Facing Lending Discrimination

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Buying a home and starting (or growing) a family should be among the most joyful moments of our lives. We often describe these experiences as fundamental parts of the American Dream. However, especially in the wake of the 2008 mortgage meltdown, many families have faced illegal discrimination in the mortgage market after welcoming a new […]

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