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April 6, 2017

Share stories of fair housing challenges at April 13 open house

Was it easy for you to find housing close to your workplace? Is your home close to public services, like schools or health care? Have you ever felt discriminated against when finding a home?

Skagit County Public Health wants to hear your stories. April marks Fair Housing Month across the nation, and in recognition, Public Health is hosting a fair housing open house on Thursday, April 13, at Skagit Valley College. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the SVC cafeteria.

Public Health staff members are interested in hearing directly from residents about issues they’ve encountered when trying to find housing in the county.

Nationally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing Program, and its partner agencies, received more than 8,000 complaints in 2016 alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.

Find more information about housing and homelessness in Skagit County online at www.skagitcounty.net/Housing.

Learn more about the Fair Housing Act, and how to file a discrimination complaint, online at www.hud.gov/fairhousing. For questions or more details, please contact Kayla Schott-Bresler, public health analyst, at 360-416-1520 or kaylasb@co.skagit.wa.us.