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Archived News Release from 2008

For Immediate Release

City Council of Redwood City Recognizes April as “Fair Housing Month” Commemorating 40 th Anniversary of Federal Fair Housing Act

Redwood City , CA – April 15, 2008 - The City Council of Redwood City will recognize April as “Fair Housing Month” in commemoration of the 40 th anniversary of the enactment of the landmark Federal Fair Housing Act, passed by Congress on April 11, 1968.

The 40th Anniversary of this historic Act is an appropriate time to reflect on the great strides made locally and nationally in the battle against housing discrimination, while recognizing that such discrimination still does occur and its victims continue to need help. The proclamation is on the City Council’s agenda for Monday, April 28th, 2008. The meeting starts at 7 pm and will take place at the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 400 Government Center (change in location is due to construction at City Hall).

The Council’s proclamation will be presented to Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO), an organization dedicated to equal housing opportunities and the prevention and elimination of homelessness. ECHO provides services to very low and moderate income clients throughout the area, and has done significant good work in Redwood City.

Every year, in the month of April, fair housing advocates throughout the nation celebrate “Fair Housing Month,” in commemoration of Congress’ passage of the Fair Housing Act. The passage of this law made it illegal to discriminate against people in housing based on their race, color, religion, or national origin. In 1974 sex was added as a protected class, and in 1988 familial status and disability were added.

or forty years, fair housing laws have helped open the doors to housing for everyone. Redwood City honors the 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, and the many individuals and organizations that work diligently to end housing discrimination and provide critical housing services to those in need

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Contact:
Debbi Jones-Thomas
Redwood City Housing Coordinator
(650) 780-7295

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