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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-385-5912.