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WHEREAS, discrimination in housing, although illegal, remains a serious problem in our community; and

WHEREAS, Housing Rights, Inc. has been protecting the rights of all persons to be free from discrimination in the East Bay for 25 years; and

WHEREAS, Housing Rights, Inc. successfully advocated for adoption of local laws prohibiting discrimination against children in rental housing in Oakland and Berkeley – the first such laws in the country; and

WHEREAS, Housing Rights, Inc. lead the national fight to make discrimination against families with children in rental housing illegal, culmination in the adoption of Fair Housing amendments Act of 1988; and

WHEREAS, Housing Rights, Inc. has become the regional guardian for fair housing and tenants rights, handling over 5,000 complaints each year from tenants in Alameda and Contra Costa counties; and

WHEREAS, the federal and state governments require that all persons shall have equal opportunity in housing regardless of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, marital status, age, disability, presence of children, ancestry, sexual orientation, source of income or arbitrary reason.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood, does hereby recognize the accomplishments of Housing Rights, Inc. during Fair Housing Month, the Month of April 2004. We encourage all residents of the City of Brentwood to work together to ensure equal access to housing for every member of our community. May Housing Rights, Inc. be here to fight discrimination “until difference no longer makes a difference”.

April 27, 2004 Brian Swisher

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Brentwood, CA 94513
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