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The City of Tyler celebrates Fair Housing and National Community Development Day

April 23, 2019


Press Release
For Immediate Release
April 22, 2019
                  
 
 
The City of Tyler celebrates Fair Housing and National Community Development Day
 
The City of Tyler will recognize the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Fair Housing on
Monday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Neighborhood Services department, located at 900 W. Gentry Parkway. The one-day celebration brings together citizens, elected officials, media, program staff, sub-recipients and beneficiaries through events that recognize and showcase the programs and services. National Community Development Day and Fair Housing Day also serve as a venue for educating the public about the programs.  
For more than 40 years, CDBG has provided local communities with an important source of funds to address affordable housing and community and economic development needs. The CDBG program provides grants to more than 1,200 local governments to create neighborhood approaches that improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities.  
For more than 20 years, the HOME program has helped communities provide access to affordable housing for low-income households. The HOME program provides grants to more than 600 local participating jurisdictions to create safe, sanitary and affordable housing in communities nationwide. Both programs are administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These programs are needed more than ever to help our most vulnerable residents and improve the overall condition of our neighborhoods. 
For more than 50 years, Fair Housing has encouraged all citizens to recognize and support fair housing opportunities for all and commit to continued partnerships with agencies, individuals and businesses furthering fair housing goals. The Fair Housing Act, also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968, by President Lyndon B. Johnson to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal housing opportunities in every community.  
Observance of Fair Housing Month fosters a better sense of understanding, acceptance and appreciation for the diversity in our neighborhoods and throughout our community. Under federal and state fair housing laws, all residents of Tyler have equal access to housing regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and veteran status.
The City of Tyler will highlight all programs during National Community Development and Fair Housing Day by conducting a community celebration to commemorate the department’s initiatives.  
For more information, contact Raynesha Hudnell, Neighborhood Services administrator, at (903) 595-7249 or e-mail Rhudnell@tylertexas.com.
 
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