HRC Celebrates National Fair Housing Month by Hosting Annual Civil Rights Conference on Human Trafficking, Hoarding, Race and Foreclosure, and Medical Marijuana

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The Housing Rights Center (HRC), with support from Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, and Robert and Marilyn Johnson, will present the 15th Annual Housing Rights Summit on April 17, 2014 at the California Endowment in Los Angeles, CA.

The all-day conference will feature expert speakers from across the nation who will discuss key issues impacting low income communities and communities of color. This year’s Summit will focus on a diverse group of topics including human sex trafficking in Los Angeles and its impact on children and people of color, as well as complex housing laws including the legal challenges of hoarding, and the cultivation and use of medical marijuana as a disability-related accommodation. The conference will also address the devastating effects of the foreclosure crisis on communities of color, resulting in resegregation and loss of wealth. The foreclosure panel is made possible, in part, due to a grant awarded to HRC by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA).

The federal Fair Housing Act was passed on April 11, 1968 in response to the growing public outcry associated with the 1966 Chicago Freedom Movement, the April 4, 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the nation-wide riots following Dr. King's death. Housing agencies across the nation celebrate National Fair Housing Month in April by hosting educational conferences and events to commemorate both the passage of the Fair Housing Act and the ideals embodied by civil-rights leaders who fought for a more just, open and inclusive society.

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, known as the “Fair Housing Act,” provides protection from discrimination in all housing related transactions based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status and disability. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act provides additional protections against housing discrimination based on marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, and source of income. The California Unruh Civil Rights Act also provides protection from housing discrimination based on age and protects the right to freedom from violence and intimidation in housing.

HRC is the nation’s largest local nonprofit agency dedicated to promoting and securing fair housing. HRC assists over 17,000 individuals annually with their housing-related concerns and investigates over 1,600 housing discrimination complaints. Individuals who believe they are victims of housing discrimination or who have questions about the fair housing laws are encouraged to contact HRC for additional information at 1-800-477-5977 (voice) or 213-201-0867 (TTY). Additional information is also available at

The Housing Rights Center is a non-profit organization established in 1968 to actively support and promote equal opportunity and freedom of residence to all persons without regard to their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, ancestry, age, source of income, or other characteristics protected by law.

Housing Rights Center
Marisol Arzate, Director of Outreach and Public Education
213-387-8400 ext.1102
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