April 7, 2011

HUD to Host Fair Housing Twitter Chat

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Hi I’m John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. I would like to invite you to talk directly with me about Fair Housing Month during a live Twitter chat on April 8 from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

This month marks the 43rd anniversary of President Johnson signing the Fair Housing Act into law. Our 2011 Fair Housing Month theme, “Live Free,” sends a powerful message that discrimination has no home in America and that no person should be denied housing or treated differently because of their race, color, national origin, religion, gender, family status, or disability.

You can participate in the chat by following HUD on Twitter @HUDNews and using the hashtag #FairHousing. During the chat, you are encouraged to submit your Fair Housing questions and I will answer as many Fair Housing questions as possible.

For more information about the Fair Housing Act, including summaries of recent housing discrimination cases, go to hud.gov/fairhousing.

5 Responses to HUD to Host Fair Housing Twitter Chat

  1. San BuenaVentura Housing Authority Conventional Housing Holding meeting tomorrow that their properties are being bought by private co’s and turned into section 8 housing. All due to economy. We all need to attend.
    This doesn’t ring true – is it?

  2. I believe HUD Fair Housing Assistant Secretary Trasviña is disingenuous. HUD’s Fair Housing refuses to investigate a civil rights complaint against it, which was filed with the U.S. Department of Justice by my sister and I in June 2009.

    Specifically, HUD’s Fair Housing allowed the respondents in our twin HUD housing discrimination cases 3 years ago to organize a group of tenants against us, with the intention of running us out of our apartment complex and off of the Section 8 program.

    All of this happened at the Mission Gardens Apartments in Santa Cruz, California, a Section 8 property.

    Later, this group of tenants, perceiving me to be homosexual, ramped up their campaign of terror against my sister and I. They taunted me with homophobic profanities, vandalized my sister’s car with a gay hate symbol, and organized a petition with 23 signatures to wrongfully evict my sister and I from Mission Gardens. Worse, using the crudest of homophobic stereotypes, they spread vicious lies that I am a danger to resident children. They made the Mission Gardens Apartments scorched earth for us.

    Consequently, my sister and I filed a Section 504 civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice against HUD’s Fair Housing. I have personally appealed to Assistant Secretary Trasviña to require his subordinates to investigate this complaint, yet they still refuse.

    How can anyone take Assistant Secretary Trasviña at face value about Fair Housing issues when he has allowed what I described to happen unchecked because HUD discriminated against two victims of housing discrimination?

  3. I have been on the housing waiting list for 3 years 2 months and is constanly being told there’s nothing available but yet at the same time alot of people are being upgraded from their previous homes. At one point and one point and time I was even told to move to another county. If I could just up and move I wouldn’t have applied for housing. The workers that I’ve spoken with they have a demeanor as if they don’t care. So maybe Brazoria County need to replace certain workers because it’s clear they are not working for everyone as they should be. And it’s really sad to see someone with a position of authority and things are not being done properly but I will take all the nessecary steps to fix thisso people like me trying to do positive things won’t be held back while the people who cheat the system reap all the benefits.

  4. I resided in a Section 811 housing for the disabled in Norfolk, Va and endured a campaign of harrassment for 2.5 years with neither the agency, Accessible Space of St. Paul, Minn nor the oversight agencies of HUD or VHDA investigating the fraud that the landlord used to evict me by charging me rent at a time I only worked 3 day for 3 months then had the audacity to take me to court and sue for full market value of rent. As a result I have been homeless because of the fraud of this agency and no one in the state or federal government having oversight investigated the fraud or harassment I endured while in reidence and now have the audacity to say that it is too late

  5. I should also mention that I have resided in a homeless shelter and am now in a womens’ shelter because of the actions of this agency

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