Honest housing symposium emphasizes ‘Equal Alternative for All’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission held their annual Fair Housing Symposium on Saturday.

This year’s theme was “Equal Opportunities for All – Fair Living: Safe, Accessible and Free from Nuisance”.

Wendy Byndloss, executive director of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, said it was important that people know about their fair housing rights.

“Your right to a safe home, an accessible home, a home that is free from discrimination and harassment,” said Byndloss. “They have options if they feel unsafe in their home or if they are being harassed or discriminated against in any way.”

The event also celebrated the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.

Delmas Harper, a landlord and real estate agent, said he had learned a lot of information that he wanted to give back to his agents and communities.


“Legal information on how to obey the law and keep you updated on legal activity and fundamental changes in our community,” said Harper.

Harper and dozens of others gathered in the conference room of the Downtown Jacksonville Public Library to hear from experts and advocates on sexual harassment, LGBTQ discrimination, disability rights, and service animals versus animals with emotional support.

Housing discrimination is illegal. One way to stop this from happening is to report it.

To file a complaint about housing discrimination, call the Department of Housing and Urban Development at 1-800-669-9777 or report an incident online at www.HUD.gov/fairhousing.

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