Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) April, 2005 / Vol.11, No. 2



FAIR HOUSING NEWS



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NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING MONTH GREETINGS!

Did you know April is National Fair Housing Month? "Fostering Secure and Diverse Communities" is the theme of 2005's Fair Housing Month. Here is HUD's description: "Every April, HUD celebrates the strides made in furthering this landmark civil rights law with a series of celebrations, educational forums, and outreach activities in regions throughout the nation. This year's theme is particularly relevant, given the changing face of America's communities. Once separated by race and religion, today's neighborhoods are multicultural, where people of every color and background share a common goal of building a better future for their families."

IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

FBI Reports Increase in Hate Crimes Against African Americans. According to the FBI report, "Hate Crimes Statistics 2003," hate crimes against African Americans were almost twice that of all other race groups combined. Some 34% of the total were thus. According to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, such numbers are really "almost worthless" because the statistics greatly understate the reality of crimes on the street. Dr. Raymond Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore, commented that after 9/11 African Americans were only temporarily not the most despised members of American society. African Americans remain the targets because "of the consistent undeniable portrayal of African Americans as being violent and criminal." (The Crisis, January/February, 2005:9)

Do Good Neighbors Make Good Neighborhoods? In the late 1990s, HUD created the Officer Next Door and the Teacher Next Door programs to encourage these professionals to move into low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Individuals get a 50% discount on HUD-homes purchase in revitalization zones. An evaluation just released by HUD found lower crime rates or lower crime increases occur in areas wherev police officers and teachers move in. However, with lower density of move-ins the effect is less observable. Read the article on-line at http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/ResearchWorks/ResearchWorks_Mar05.pdf. ResearchWorks, March, 2005 (vol. 2, no. 3):2.

HUD Gives Samuel J. Simmons Lifetime Achievement Awards. Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) in New York, began working with AAFE in 1976 and became executive director in 1992. AAFE advocates for social justice and equal opportunity in addition to developing affordable housing and providing assistance to the Asian immigrant community with accessing social services, starting small businesses, and understanding the home buying process. As executive director, Mr. Kui has raised over $50 million to build 500 units of housing for low-income individuals. Stacy Peardon, a real estate agent in St. Claire Shores, Michigan, demonstrated courage when three white men threatened to "get her" for showing homes in a predominantly white community to her African American clients. Ms. Peardon reported the incident to the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit, who referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One of the men was criminally charged and sentenced to one year of home confinement and one year of probation. Nancy Kenyon, Executive Director, Fair Housing of Marin in California, was recognized for her work in racial discrimination in senior housing facilities.

The Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity for HUD Appears on GBCHRB's TV Show. Carolyn Y. Peoples, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, was interviewed on an episode of the GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat taped on March 22nd. The episode has been shown in Baltimore County, and will be aired on the cable systems of Baltimore City and the other nine counties carrying the show.



IN THE LOCAL NEWS

Annapolis Bill Passes Renaming BWI Airport as "Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport." House Bill 189, introduced on January 21st, had 37 sponsors. The bill's passage depends upon ratification by the Board of Public Works. Funding will be provided in the State budget. Justice Marshall, born in Baltimore in 1908, was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991. He also was the chief litigator in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. (Legislative Wrap-Up, April, 2005).


CALENDAR

Interfaith Dialogue Series of the Baltimore Jewish Council Continues with May 10th Forum. The Jewish-Muslim-Christian interfaith dialogue "How Do Our Faiths Address the Afterlife?" will be on May 10, 2005, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore. Reservation only. For information, call or email Angelique at 410-542-4850 or ahammonds@baltjc.org.


DID YOU KNOW?



Study Examines Local Housing Advocacy. "The Struggle for Housing Equality: Impact of Fair Housing and Community Reinvestment Laws on Local Advocacy," by Mara S. Sidney, Rutgers University, Newark. This study compares CRA advocacy with fair housing advocacy in Denver and Minneapolis, during the 1990s. In both cities CRA advocacy shifted from protest to partnership strategies. Coalitions broke up and monitoring capacity declined. Different Fair Housing movements were in the two cities, with Denver advocates using partnerships and educational strategies and Minneapolis advocates using protest and lobbying tactics. The study argues that national policy designs and features of local context explain the similarities and differences in housing advocacy. CityScape, Vol. 7, no. 1. / http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/cityscpe/vol7num1/ch7.html.

Read or Download HUD Publications On Line. HUDUSER now offers the ability to print or download the current and back issues of several HUD publications, namely, ResearchWorks, CityScape, and Breakthroughs: Successful Local Strategies for Affordable Housing. You can print it, view it as a .pdf file, or whatever! A great service. Try it: www.huduser.org.

HUD's Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse is an Excellent Web Site. It has a database of studies, zoning codes, comprehensive plans, etc. You should subscribe to their informative listserv - send an email to rbc@huduser.org and type "Subscribe" in the subject line. Check it out at: http://www.huduser.org/rbc/

You've Got to See www.firstgov.gov. As long as we are in a federal kind of mind, check out the U. S. Government's "official web portal." Really! There is a lot of information and links there: http://www.firstgov.gov/. Information about governments, grants, auctions, libraries, the Do Not Call list, passports, zip codes, lottery results, on and on.

Contact the GBCHRB for FREE Fair Housing Info, Brochures, & Posters in English, Spanish, Korean, and Russian: 410-453-9500 / 800-895-6302 / mail@gbchrb.org.

The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat TV Show Is on Cable Stations Throughout Maryland! Hosted by Dr. Bill Kladky, the 30-minute interview show runs in Baltimore City, and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Calvert, St. Mary's, Talbot, Prince George's, and Montgomery! Call us at 410-453-9500 for days and times!

REST IN PEACE

Shirley Chisholm, Advocate and Leader, 80. An expert on early childhood education, elected (1968) to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat, Chisholm became the first black woman to serve. She was a critic of the war in Vietnam and the House seniority system, and an outspoken advocate of urban poor. An active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chisholm made an unsuccessful bid for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. She wrote Unbought and Unbossed (1970) and The Good Fight (1973). Some great quotes: "I know I will survive, I'm a fighter." "Of my two 'handicaps' being female put more obstacles in my path than being black." "Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt." "Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth." Amen.