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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Contact: Adam Park
208-384-4402 | apark@cityofboise.org

City of Boise launches fair housing public awareness initiative

In conjunction with National Fair Housing Month, the City of Boise and the Mayor’s Fair Housing Taskforce is launching a fair housing public awareness initiative intended to further awareness and understanding of fair housing rights and responsibilities under the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.

In 2008, the City assembled a Mayor-appointed Fair Housing Task Force composed of community representatives of real estate, human rights, advocacy, housing, and banking. The 2014 public awareness initiative is the recommendation of the taskforce, which continues to oversee the City’s fair housing plan and activities, and will address several impediments to fair housing identified in the City’s current fair housing plan. 

Many community fair housing stakeholders have invested in this project, which will include television and radio announcements, billboards, bus panels and wraps, bus benches, and community presentations.  Partners include Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Idaho Department of Commerce, ValleyRide, Idaho Human Rights Commission, Idaho Association of REALTORS, Wells Fargo Bank, North by Northwest Productions, Creative Outdoor Advertising, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and the cities of Boise, Nampa, and Meridian. Together these stakeholders have raised almost $9,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to fund the initiative.

“It is our hope and expectation that individuals and families will find our city accessible and accommodating when it comes to housing choice, and that our local housing providers will have a better understanding of their responsibilities under the law as a result of this campaign” said Jerome Mapp, the City’s Fair Housing Coordinator. 

The 2014 launch of this initiative, “Good neighbors plus Fair Housing equals Strong Communities,” will be during the regular City Council Meeting on April 22 beginning at noon in the City Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall. At the meeting, the Mayor will also proclaim April as Fair Housing Month. 

For more information on fair housing, visit the city's fair housing website.