DATE: April 28, 2014
CONTACT: Lahoma Scarlette, Community Affairs Director
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, District 9
PHONE: (954) 357-5797
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness and Commissioner LoisWexler were this year’s honorees at the 8th Annual Broward County Fair Housing Symposium held on Friday, April 25.
Presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE) Inc., Broward County Housing Finance and Community Development Division and the Broward County Human Rights Section, Commissioner Holness and Wexler were honored for sponsoring an ordinance amending Broward County’s Human Rights Act. The amendment states that if an application for housing is denied by a homeowners’, condominium or cooperative association in Broward County, the applicant will receive a written notice explaining the reason for the denial within forty five days of the filing. Applicants must also be notified if their application is not properly filled out within fifteen days of the application date.
In addition to honoring Commissioners Holness and Wexler, Mayor Judy Paul, Town of Davie, provided opening remarks during the luncheon, Armando Fana, Director, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)Miami Field Office, introduced this year’s keynote speaker Mr. Cardell Cooper, Executive Director, National Community Development Association, who also served as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during President Bill Clinton’s second term.
During the luncheon; Kenya J. Robertson, President and CEO, HOPE, Inc., showed clips of the September 2013 public hearing to the audience so they could see the differing views of proponents and opponents who spoke on the issue. “It was interesting to watch the playback of that public hearing, as I said before being denied fair housing is not American and as we celebrate the 46th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, organizations such as HOPE, Inc. and our own Broward County agencies will continue the fight to ensure each person’s civil rights are not violated, and fair housing is provided to all Broward County residents,” said Holness.
Caption: (Left to Right: Broward Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, Keenya J. Robertson, President & CEO, HOPE, Inc., Broward Commissioner Lois Wexler.)