Studies show that diversity helps broaden children’s social networks by creating opportunities for interaction across racial and ethnic lines. And that in turn contributes to greater tolerance, fair-mindedness and openness. Housing discrimination deters the creation of diverse communities.
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability. To file a discrimination complaint or to learn more about fair housing and diverse communities, contact HUD or your local fair housing center.
So What Can You Do To Build A Better Alabama?
Small steps can lead to greatness. Here are just a few things you can do to build a stronger community
- Schedule a fair housing presentation at your school, church, community or civic group by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- Keep up on fair housing news and email your congressman when threats are made to cut funding for fair housing enforcement
- Create a community welcome wagon or community garden to encourage engagement with others different from you
- Consider a personal donation to the Northern Alabama Fair Housing Center (NAFHC)
- Ask your employer about matching your NAFHC contribution
- Encourage your company to join the Friends of Fair Housing – a corporate social responsibility initiative
- Look out for your neighbor- it is really that simple