On May 11, 2017, the City of Durham’s Human Relations Commission presented the Fair Housing Project with its annual “Fair Housing Advocacy Award.” The award, which was presented in a ceremony held at the Hayti Heritage Center, is given annually by the Commission to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding efforts to promote fair housing, with an emphasis on the economic, social, and/or political impact in the community which has encouraged diversity and housing opportunities for all.
Other recipients of 2017 Human Relations Advocacy Awards included: City Councilperson Jillian Johnson, who received the Human Rights and Advocacy Award; Youth Organizing Institute, which received the Norris Wicker Youth Award; and Spirit House, which received the Carlie B. Sessoms Award. The event also included performances by Bull City Dignity.
The Durham Human Relations Commission’s mission is “to improve race and human relations in the City of Durham by: working to eliminate discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations; and, to prioritize community outreach and educational activities to meet the needs of our citizens.” Among other activities, the Commission investigates allegations of housing discrimination through the City’s Human Relations Division.
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