Goal is to identify discrimination concerns, build awareness, gather consensus.
The Austin Human Rights Commission, the City of Austin Equal Employment/Fair Housing Office and the Austin Tenants’ Council will host a first of its kind Community Forum on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) housing discrimination concerns.
The forum, open to the public, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. June 29 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf St. The Austin Human Rights Commission will moderate the program and facilitate the discussion.
The goal of the forum is to identify community concerns, build awareness and gather a consensus about the concerns of housing discrimination as it relates to the LGBT community.
Inform the community about federal, state, and local fair housing laws that prohibit discrimination and provide protections for persons in the LGBT community.
Listen to the concerns of LGBT persons related to illegal housing discrimination.
Discover the housing discrimination concerns of advocacy groups and other stakeholder organizations that provide services for the LGBT community.
Build a consensus of LGBT community concerns to assist the City of Austin Equal Employment/Fair Housing Office and the Austin Tenants’ Council with information that is relevant to fair housing enforcement.
Build support in the LGBT community and with stakeholders to determine future opportunities for community collaboration to promote fair housing.
Individual stakeholders, service organizations and advocacy groups from the LGBT community have been invited.
The Commission advises and consults with the City Council on all matters involving racial, religious or ethnic discrimination and devises practices to promote equal opportunity. It serves as an advisory body on non-discrimination policies; aids in forming local community groups; investigates complaints of prejudice and discrimination; and conducts educational programs. It secures for all individuals in the city freedom from discrimination because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or age.
The EE/FHO is a division of the City of Austin Human Resources Department and has served the Austin community and surrounding areas since 1967 with the primary goal of promoting the fair treatment of all individuals in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. The office provides training and education opportunities to its clients and customers, as well as enforcement.
About Austin Tenants’ Council
The Austin Tenants’ Council protects tenants’ rights and educates the community on fair housing. Its vision is to make Texas communities open to all without discrimination and free of landlord-tenant disputes.
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