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 about fair housing and fair lending rights under the federal Fair Housing Act.  Some of the topics include: “Your right to effective communication in buying or renting a home,” “How to complain about housing discrimination,” and “Fair housing and equal opportunity for the deaf.”

 In addition to the new videos, HUD also has videos on YouTube and Facebook educating deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers about housing counseling services, and loan programs offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

 In one video, a HUD employee uses sign language to tell his story of refinancing his home through FHA, the largest government insurer on mortgages. In another video, he explains that it’s illegal to discriminate in housing based on race, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family status. All videos encourage viewers to contact HUD by visiting its website, for help or more information.  Check out these videos and remember, if you have questions contact us no matter what language you use, we really can “hear” you.

 National Deaf History Month, March 13 to April 15, celebrates deaf history and promotes awareness and appreciation of deaf culture, heritage and American Sign Language to the general public.


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