April 30, 2014
Are people treated equally when they want to buy or rent a house or are they treated differently based race, religion, gender, or age? That's a question an equal housing opportunity forum posed.
The Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) and Charlottesville's Office of Human Rights hosted a discussion on equal housing opportunities in the city on Tuesday night.
People watched two movies and a panel of fair housing experts answered questions. A goal of the forum was making residents aware of the fair housing act, how people are protected today and how to uphold it.
"We want to let people know that there's Fair Housing Act that protects people from housing discrimination, that there's a place that they can call, Piedmont Housing Alliance, in Charlottesville, and that there's something that can be done to stop this,” said PHA Deputy Director Karen Reifenberger. “We want to work together to make it a better community."
A report from the PHA last year found some people are treated differently based on their race, disability, and having children locally.