Community efforts discussed at fair housing workshop

A consensus to better coordinate community awareness efforts regarding residents’ fair housing rights was reached this week during a Fair Housing Act Workshop hosted by the city, the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Biloxi Housing Authority.

The city, public and private housing providers, realtors, bankers and disability rights advocates participated in the workshop. John Jopling, director of Housing Law for the Mississippi Center for Justice, presented an update about the Fair Housing Act and then led a discussion about the challenges that continue to be faced by those protected under the law.

Susan Pickich, the city’s Federal Programs manager, said,  “Our community is fortunate to have public and private support for on-going outreach activities that help residents understand what their housing rights are.  Working in partnership with local lending institutions, the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors and others the city’s goal is to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination in Biloxi.”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of adoption of the Fair Housing Act, the city will join the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Biloxi Housing Authority in  planning a community-wide fair housing forum in April 2018. Among those who will be encouraged to attend and particiapte will be local lenders, realtors, rental housing managers, housing service providers  and others involved in the housing industry.

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