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The 12th Annual Fair Housing Symposium: Laying the Blueprint for your Advocacy -- organized by the DC Office of Human Rights, Equal Rights Center and DC Department of Housing and Community Development -- will move beyond experts talking to experts in an effort to build awareness and incite action on fair housing issues often ignored or unknown to social justice organizations and advocates. For the first time, the day-long symposium aims to attract those who work on behalf of marginalized populations but currently do not incorporate fair housing knowledge or issues into their work. The conference will provide attendees with a better understanding of housing discrimination, and how it effects the lives of the populations they serve. Conference workshops will focus on how participants can easily incorporate fair housing information and programs into their existing work.
While some may view housing discrimination as peripheral to the needs of their target populations, a lack of fair housing can impact the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The right to choose where one lives can affect employment and educational opportunities, proximity to friends and family, access to transportation, commercial and governmental services, and even personal safety.