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March 27, 2024

Embracing Fair Housing Month

Every April, the Greater Chattanooga real estate community joins hands with Realtors across the country to celebrate Fair Housing Month. This time of the year is more than just a calendar event; it's a heartfelt reaffirmation of our collective commitment to ensuring everyone has equal access to housing. We take this month to honor the pivotal Fair Housing Act of 1968, engaging in events and educational activities that shine a light on the critical issues of housing discrimination and segregation.
Our dedication to fair housing principles isn't just an April occurrence. It's a year-long journey, passionately led by our Diversity Inclusion Committee. This group tirelessly works to promote equality and cultural diversity within our industry, striving to create an inclusive Association culture that cherishes the diverse fabric of our community.
This year, on April 23rd, we're thrilled to welcome Richard Rothstein and his daughter Leah Rothstein, the co-authors of "The Color of Law" sequel, "Just Action: How to Challenge the Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law," at the Bessie Smith Cultural Museum. While their first book explored the history of segregated housing policies, "Just Action" aims to empower citizens with strategies to combat segregation in their communities.
Moreover, we're offering a unique opportunity for Realtors to participate in the "Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing" workshop. This free online course, created by the National Association of Realtors and the Perception Institute, is designed to help Realtors recognize and reduce implicit biases in their professional interactions. It's an essential tool for fostering fair and equitable treatment in all our dealings.
We're also excited to provide the At Home With Diversity® (AHWD) certification for free to our Realtors on April 5th. This program enhances cultural sensitivity and provides a deeper understanding of fair housing laws, equipping Realtors to excel in a diverse market.
Last year, in a pioneering move, our Association and the Diversity Inclusion Committee challenged brokerages to encourage their agents to complete the "Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation." This innovative training uses storytelling to confront and address discriminatory practices, offering an immersive experience that reflects real-life scenarios.
As we engage in these meaningful activities and initiatives, our aim is not just to observe a month but to weave the principles of fairness, equality, and diversity into the very fabric of our professional lives. We're not just Realtors; we're community builders, dedicated to creating a more inclusive world, one home at a time. Let's carry this spirit of Fair Housing Month throughout the year, making every interaction an opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to the rich mosaic of our community.That’s Who We R®.