April is Fair Housing Month

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April is Fair Housing Month. Bella wants to ensure that you know YOUR rights. HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, is committed to protecting your housing rights. Their mission includes creating equal housing opportunities for all persons living in America by administering laws that prohibit discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and familial status. In addition, they manage the Fair Housing Assistance Program, administer the award and management of Fair Housing Initiatives Program grants, and propose fair housing legislation. HUD works with other government agencies on fair housing issues and reviews and comments on Department clearance of proposed rules, handbooks, legislation, draft reports and notices of funding availability. HUD interprets policy, processes complaints, performs compliance reviews and offers technical assistance to local housing authorities and community development agencies regarding Section 3 of the Housing Urban Development Act of 1968. In addition, they conduct oversight of the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to ensure consistency with the Fair Housing Act and the fair housing provisions of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act. And finally they work with the private industry and the fair-housing and community advocates on the promotion of voluntary fair housing compliance. Attached is a link to a HUD sponsored video. Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online @ https://portal.hud.gov/FHEO903/Form903/Form903Start.action. Your housing discrimination complaint will be reviewed by a fair housing specialist to determine if it alleges acts that might violate the Fair Housing Act. The specialist will contact you for any additional information needed to complete this review. If your complaint involves a possible violation of the Fair Housing Act, the specialist will assist you in filing an official housing discrimination complaint. Bella is partnered with HUD to ensure your rights and to eradicate housing discrimination.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K2w_E30HVI