The Toledo Fair Housing Center (TFHC) is hosting its annual Spirit of Fair Housing Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at Noon, at the Toledo Club.
The purpose of the event is twofold—1) to celebrate Fair Housing Month and the vital work that advocates have undertaken to further fair housing; and 2) this is a call to action for communities to build upon the progress we’ve made in fostering inclusive and stable communities of choice.
TFHC will present the National Fair Housing Alliance’s gripping film Seven Days, which navigates the struggle for fair housing in the United States, including the passage the Fair Housing Act of 1968 one week after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Shanna L. Smith Spirit of Fair Housing award will be presented to Jim McCarthy, President and CEO of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, with the help of Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, herself.
“Few people have provided such distinguished leadership and significant accomplishments in the fair housing movement as Jim McCarthy has,” said Shanna L. Smith. “He has brought successful lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act challenging design and construction issues that limited or denied accessible housing for people with disabilities; he has fought against residential segregation by challenging racial steering by real estate companies, and he has been a leader in providing foreclosure prevention support to thousands of people.
“Jim’s leadership role in the negotiations between the National Fair Housing Alliance and Wells Fargo resulted in a $30 million HUD conciliation agreement that provided funds to 19 cities (including $1.4 M in Toledo) for grants to increase homeownership opportunities and to stabilize neighborhoods of color harmed by the foreclosure crisis.”
TFHC will be posthumously honoring Charles McDevitt for his advocacy work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. As a resident of Kenwood Gardens, whose parent company is Morgan Properties, Mr. McDevitt took action when his request for a reasonable modification and accommodation was ignored. He reached out to the Ability Center, who then partnered with the Fair Housing Center, to assist him. When considering whether to pursue a fair housing action, Mr. McDevitt’s first question was, “If I do this, will it help the other people who live there?”
TFHC will also be honoring journalist Chrys Peterson with the President’s Award. “For over 15 years, Chrys Peterson gave us her time and talent by serving as an emcee for our fundraising events. I can’t think of a single instance when I asked Chrys for her assistance and she didn’t say ‘yes.’ She’s such a lovely person, both inside and out, and she is deserving of special recognition through our President’s Award for her many years of giving of herself to promote fair housing,” stated Michael P. Marsh, President/CEO of the Fair Housing Center.
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