By Melvina Ford, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Center
It is a simple fact that zip codes matter. When my now four-year-old son was about to be born, I drove a bit of distance to deliver him at a hospital that I handpicked for its high quality medical care. Shortly after I had my son, I had to take a trip in the back of an ambulance to a much closer hospital in my own neighborhood that I was not particularly fond of. Today, both my son and I are wonderfully healthy, but we have since moved to a neighborhood with a hospital that I know provides superior medical care (which is convenient, as my son believes that a super hero costume actually gives him the power to fly).
The point of this story is that zip codes matter. They matter to the quality of health care you receive. They matter to the education your children get. They even matter when it comes to quality of the produce you buy at the local grocery store.
Today marks the 46th anniversary of passage of the Fair Housing Act. This landmark piece of legislation ensures the right of any individual to choose where they live, free from unlawful discriminatory treatment. It challenges the patterns of segregation and poverty that so often result from housing discrimination, and it highlights our responsibility —as both advocates and professionals that deal in housing issues every day—to ensure that we are fostering diverse, healthy and inclusive communities. (more…)
Categorized as Advocacy, Civil Rights, Corporate Partnerships and Training, Fair Housing
Tags: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, Bryan Greene, Department of Housing and Urban Development, equal rights center, Fair Housing Month, Fairfax County, Melvina Ford, NVAR