FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Marla Bilonick
Washington, D.C. - LEDC has been selected to conduct Washington D.C. outreach as part of a National Fair Housing Media Campaign, in partnership with the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), designed to engage and educate people about their rights as homeowners and tenants. Using social media, public service announcements and community outreach, partner organizations in 10 different cities including the District will inform residents on how to identify various forms of housing discrimination and what they can do to stop it.
"Racial and ethnic discrimination against homebuyers and renters continues to be a problem across many communities in the United States," said Walda Yon. "We thank NALCAB and HUD for making these vital resources available so that we can educate the Greater Washington area residents about their fair housing rights."
The National Fair Housing Media Campaign, launched officially on August 17th, will engage and inform African American, Latino, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other communities about discriminatory housing practices, their rights under the federal Fair Housing Act, and HUD resources. According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, minority homebuyers and tenants are not always aware when they have been subjected to discrimination or even of their rights and protections afforded by the Fair Housing Act.
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting 202-588-5102 or by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 6699777 (voice) or (800) 9279275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed at http://www.hud.gov/fairhousing.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is participating in a national campaign to raise awareness of housing discrimination against individuals based on their national origin and to educate individuals about their rights under the Fair Housing Act. In addition to national outreach efforts led by our national partners, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) and National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), we are conducting local education and outreach efforts through our social media platforms and local networks. To enhance our outreach efforts, we are requesting graphic designs created by local artists that communicate the theme of our campaign, reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community, and can be disseminated through social media to raise awareness of fair housing rights and protections for individuals. The artist whose design is selected will receive a $1,000 honorarium. The theme for our campaign is: Fair Housing. Shared Opportunity in Every Community.
The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1991. LEDC's mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.
LEDC is requesting graphic designs that convey the theme of our fair housing campaign, reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community, and raise awareness of housing discrimination based on national origin, fair housing rights, and how to take action against discrimination. Design submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprising representatives from LEDC and our national partners. The committee will select one design, which will be submitted to HUD for approval to be used in our campaign. The artist of the selected design will receive a $1,000 honorarium for their work. If approved by HUD, the design will be incorporated into our social media campaign. HUD reserves the right to deny use of the design in our HUD-funded social media campaign. LEDC, our national partners, and HUD will retain all rights to the selected and approved design. Artists should keep the following in mind when creating their work for submission:
Submit the following to our DC Office [LEDC 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 or by email email@example.com] by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 25, 2016:
To receive the $1,000 honorarium, the selected artist must submit an IRS Form W-9 and release form to LEDC. LEDC will provide these forms to the selected artist. Payment will be issued in the form of a check from LEDC made out to the artist and must match the name shown on the W-9.
For questions related to this request, please contact:Jorge Rodriguez-Larrain at 202-540-7740 or firstname.lastname@example.org