To all those who labor, may you enjoy home this long holiday weekend. 🏠💟
The office of Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama received recognition from the State of Alabama, Clair, Blount, Walker, Bibb and Etowah Counties.
The Greater Birmingham Fair Housing Center (GBFHC) was incorporated in the early 1980′s but lacked financial support from the state, county, city and local businesses. The agency was reactivated in 1988-89 to provide testing and supervisory assistance to HUD during the Housing Discrimination Survey. In 1991, members of the board and local attorneys contacted the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFH
A) for information and assistance in reactivating the fair housing program in Birmingham. NFHA then applied for and secured FHIP Education and Outreach Funds to provide technical assistance to the GBFHC. The agency became one of three fair housing organizations existing in the Deep South. GBGHC had a seven-couny service area, including Jefferson, Shelby, St. The agency was created as a not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors representing the civic, social, business and educational communities. It was incorporated in 1993 as a 501c(3) agency and opened in June of the same year. The Greater Birmingham Fair Housing Center’s name was changed to the Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama (FHCNA) in August 1997.
To all those who labor, may you enjoy home this long holiday weekend. 🏠💟
Don't forget the Tenants' Rights Seminar is THIS Saturday, August 19 at Five Points West Library, 9-noon. If you rent an apartment, you need to attend this event!
Did you know over half, 54%, of the households in Birmingham, AL are renter-occupied? We get questions every day from renters wondering whether a policy imposed (or changed) by their landlord is legal. Join us & Legal Services of AL to learn about the Alabama Landlord-Tenant Law and what your rights are as a renter. Saturday, August 19, 2023, 9:00 - noon. No registration required.
The FHCNA wishes all families a happy, healthy, and successful school year for their children starting school this week.
Happy Fourth of July from Birmingham, AL.
Congratulations to Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), who received the Housing Visionary Award!! A much-deserved honor. https://youtu.be/PdPQoIePmno
On Monday, June 19, the FHCNA is proud to honor and remember Juneteenth. We are grateful for community activist Opal Lee, the "Grandmother of Juneteenth," who has worked tirelessly to make it the federal holiday it ought to be.
Announcing the winners of our FHCNA Student Poster Contest!! This year's theme was, "My Community," and these students illustrated their love for their own communities not only in their artwork, but also in how their communities rallied around them and garnered them the most votes. The FHCNA is happy to announce the winners by popular vote: First Place winner is Mckinli Sandlin (745 votes) with her rendition of her hometown of Arley, AL in Winston County and the second and third place winners, Emma Sutton (678 votes) and Laura Sofia Magallanes Campo (486 votes) are both from Town Creek, AL in Lawrence County. Congratulations to the winners!!
This Mother's Day remember, under the Fair Housing Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against families with children. The law also prohibits housing services providers from offering different rental terms or conditions to consumers based on whether they have children. "Familial Status" is one the seven protected classes defined under the law.
Only ONE week left to register!! You really don't want to miss this one. http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lojulooab&oeidk=a07ejorlzjo9896fc90
The housing crash of 2008/09 eroded Black and Latino wealth by $1 trillion, further widening existing racial wealth and homeownership gaps. Fifteen years later, minority communities are still struggling to recover. That’s why we need the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since its founding in 2010, the agency has worked tirelessly to , hold financial institutions accountable, and stave off another Great Recession.
Lots of good folks have voted for their friend and family-member, we want unbiased, community voting too. The theme this year is "My Community." Each and every one of the entries is great and we couldn't be more proud of the students who shared their talent! Here's the link to vote: https://woobox.com/no6yt5
Registration for our annual Fair Housing Seminar is open!! We have fabulous speakers and programming for this year's program. Property management professionals, realtors, public housing professionals, social service agency workers, and any agency which receives HUD funding: YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!! Click link for more details.
When 2 million people left Ireland due to the cataclysmic Great Hunger, it was the largest-single population movement of the 19th century. Most of the exiles—nearly a quarter of the Irish nation—came to the shores of the United States. How did we greet them? With fear, disgust, and violence. They were particularly vilified because a majority of them were Catholic. While you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day - remember that the Irish were originally despised and unwelcome and give thanks that the Fair Housing Act of 1968, made discrimination on the basis of religion illegal.
Last year a local Fair Housing nonprofit in Western New York received the most reports of housing discrimination than in nearly 40 years and the second-highest level in the group's 60-year history. Yikes. Whether the cause is more reporting or higher rates of discrimination, it is clear that the work is not behind us.
Home is where the heart is. Happy Valentine's Day from the FHCNA.
Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) said in a statement recognizing Black History Month, "Racial bias and unjust systems in the housing and lending markets continue to exclude or underserve Black people." As usual, she is correct, and we must continue the work to level the playing field in the area of housing.
Celebrating Black History Month with some wisdom from Maya Angelou.
It's going down to below freezing tonight and tomorrow night. Jimmie Hale Mission will serve as a warming station for the next couple of nights. Spread the word and let's keep working to make this life-saving amenity unnecessary. All people deserve a safe space to call home.
There's still lots of work to do.
The FHCNA wishes you a happy and healthy New Year!!
Had a very productive meeting with the folks from District Five. Councilor Darrell O'Quinn and his impressive team are working with us to update local Fair Housing legislation. Fingers crossed.
On today, I meet with the Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama to discuss ways to update local fair housing legislation. They are a small but mighty team working to connect clients with information to enhance relationships and knowledge of fair housing practices for tenants and landlords. I look forward to working with them to improve local fair housing legislation. Thanks for having me!
One very notable highlight in NFHA’s (National Fair Housing Alliance) 2022 trends report: Private fair housing organizations continue to process more than 2.6 times the number of complaints processed by state, local & federal government agencies combined. https://nationalfairhousing.org/new-report-reveals-record-number-of-housing-discrimination-complaints/
We at the FHCNA hope you will consider us on this . We are the only Fair Housing center in northern Alabama and donations of any amount will allow us to better serve the people living within our district. A contribution to FHCNA is a donation to an organization which is trying to make housing discrimination a thing of the past.
Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings. There is a lot to be grateful for and a lot of work that still needs to be done to make our communities more inclusive and more equitable. We at FHCNA are committed to continuing that good work.
The Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama is hosting a roundtable on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Please click link for more information and to let us know if you'll be joining us! https://conta.cc/3WwgTE4
You are invited Is hosting a Roundtable Discussion: Issues That Affect Families' Daily Lives Domestic Violence Appraisal Bias Criminal Background Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Join us for a
Don't forget to get one of these stickers tomorrow!! Voting is your right - exercise it!!
We were honored to attend the Grand Opening of Trustmark Bank's Mortgage Services branch at CrossPlex Village. They are putting their focus on families that experience many-layered barriers to homeownership. Congratulations Trustmark Bank and their Community Development Manager Eula Jackson (pictured) who helped to usher this project into a reality.
Great news!! The Feds are changing their policies on calculating credit scores, eliminating fees that are based on credit scores, and making national appraisal statistics available to the public. More equitable access to credit is a win for all of us.
Washington, D.C. — The National Fair Housing Alliance® (“NFHA™”) applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) for releasing three critically-important housing policy changes to expand access to credit.
Catch up on the latest news from the FHCNA!! https://conta.cc/3TfQh8f
Third Quarter Newsletter Third Quarter 2022 If you have any calls or concerns regarding fair housing rights within Northern Alabama, please call our office at (205) 324-0111 or come see us at 1820
It's getting cold down here in the next few nights - spread the word about this warming station. It could be a lifesaver.
The water situation in Jackson, MS. is not just a failure of infrastructure, it is a fair housing and discrimination issue.
The Poor People's Campaign will file Fair Housing Act complaint against Mississippi for failing to provide clean drinking water to Jackson.
Housing discrimination has doubled in the last two years in the state of Wisconsin. Sexual harassment is, in particular, on the increase because of economic instability caused from the pandemic. If someone asks for 'favors' for a reduction in rent or for a lease renewal, that is illegal. Call your local fair housing organization for help. And if you live in any county in North Alabama - call 205-324-0111 - we're here to help. *xualharassment
The number of housing discrimination complaints filed with the state of Wisconsin has risen over the last two years, according to recently-published data.
Your Fair Housing friends in Alabama welcome the new season. Happy Fall Y'all!!
If you are interested in putting an end to discrimination, contact Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama as a Fact Finder at 205-324-0111.
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Originally named The Greater Birmingham Fair Housing Center, the Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama (FHCNA) is a government agency created to ensure that all who seek housing have equal opportunity to rent, purchase, finance and insure properties they choose without regard to race, color, religion, s*x, national origin, disability, or familial status.
If you or someone you know has been or feel they have been discriminated in a housing transaction, that could be renting, buying a home, seeking a mortgage loan, or insurance contact our office.
We offer free counseling for discrimination complaints and work with government agencies to ensure that fair housing laws are enforced.