Close to Home Fair Housing Storytelling Event

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The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division invites the community to participate in Close to Home, a fair housing storytelling event. In collaboration with Pikes Peak Library District, this event welcomes residents to share their stories of housing discrimination in their own words. The event will take place at Studio 916 at Sand Creek Library where staff and volunteers will interview guests and experienced studio staff will record the exchange. Participants can share any experience that has kept them from the apartment, mortgage, or financing of their choice due to discrimination based on protected class.

The Fair Housing Act was signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. The Act outlaws the refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin. Colorado law also ensures protection against discrimination based on creed, ancestry, sexual orientation, or marital status. The Act also outlaws:

  • Discrimination in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling.
  • Advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling indicating preference, limitation, or discrimination based on protected class.
  • Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering with a person's enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on discriminatory reasons or retaliating against a person or organization that aids or encourages the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights.

Discrimination may look different today than it did in 1968, but it still happens every day and often goes unreported. While city staff tracks fair housing complaints on a statewide and federal level, this event is designed to capture the personal stories in Colorado Springs that aren’t reported or reflected in the data. This event is also part of the community development division’s continuing efforts to prevent housing discrimination and better equip tenants and homeowners with the resources they need to report it when it happens. Your story may help a neighbor!

Close to Home will take place over the course of three days in April. Residents interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute session during the following windows by calling (719) 597-7070.

Studio 916 at Sand Creek Library
821 S. Academy Blvd
April 19, 2-5pm
April 20, 3-5pm
April 22, 5-8pm

In addition to help from the Pikes Peak Library District, Close to Home is also made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. The community development division also uses its CDBG funds to provide fair housing educational opportunities to the community, as part of its efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.

In accordance with the ADA, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or interpreter service to participate in this hearing should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event. To make this request, please contact Community Development staff at catherine.duarte@coloradosprings.gov or 719-385-5912.

Event dates

Location Sand Creek Library (map)
1821 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Friday, April 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location Sand Creek Library (map)
1821 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location Sand Creek Library (map)
1821 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Monday, April 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm