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Santa Monica City Attorney's Office Commemorates Fair Housing Month     

The Public Rights Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office (CAO) is commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 with the virtual  workshop Fair Housing During COVID-19 on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. All owners, property managers, attorneys, social-service providers, and tenants are invited to attend, free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Register here.

The online workshop will cover new topics, including pandemic-related issues in fair housing, rental-assistance programs for tenants and landlords, and source-of-income discrimination laws, which protect Section 8 voucher-holders and some users of rental assistance.

The presenters include representatives from the City, including Chief Deputy City Attorney Eda Suh and Deputy City Attorneys Gary Rhoades, Autumn Rindels, Andrew Braver, and Jonathan Erwin-Frank.

You can learn more about fair housing with two videos from the City Attorney's Office:

Follow John To Learn About Fair Housing This unique animation project is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the City Attorney's Office, IdeaRocket, and Peter Riedle, a Santa Monica student. View the short video here.

The Past, Present and Future of Fair Housing: A Symposium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968: The City's symposium on January 18, 2018 featured a blockbuster panel of three speakers, including U.S. Senator (ret.) Fred Harris, the only living member of the 1967-68 Kerner Commission and one who voted for the Fair Housing Act of 1968; Chancela Al-Mansour, Executive Director of the Housing Rights Center; and Director Kevin Kish, Department of Fair Employment and Housing. See the video, which has been viewed more than 12,000 times, here



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