April was Fair Housing Month. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 included the Fair Housing Act that banned discrimination in housing based on race, religion, national origin, and sex, and was later amended to include disability and family status.
As part of this observance, the City acknowledged the work done by the Fair Housing Foundation, which provides many services for Paramount renters and property owners. They educate about fair housing rights and responsibilities through workshops, trainings, and community events, provides mediation and counseling services through the housing assistance hotline 1-800-446-FAIR (3247) and walk-in clinics, and investigate issues of discrimination related to housing.
The Foundation will be holding a Fair Housing Workshop at Progress Park at 15500 Downey Ave., from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. This workshop is free and open to the public.
Attendees will learn about how they are protected under fair housing laws, about state and federally protected classes, notices, security deposits, and rent increases, as well as how to deal with tenant and landlord disputes. They will also find out how COVID-19 has impacted housing including moratoriums and other COVID 19 protections.
Reservations are required by calling (800) 446-3247.