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March is designated as Women’s History Month, a time devoted to honor the contributions of women in American history. Women are at the forefront of creating social, cultural, and political change, but their contributions have been often overlooked throughout history. Highlighting women’s stories and voices is a great way to commemorate Women’s History Month.

One inspiring profile is that of Patricia Roberts Harris, a tireless devotee to the causes of civil rights, social justice, and government service. Harris’ career was noted by some astounding firsts – first African American woman to be selected as a United State envoy, and later the first African American woman to become a Cabinet Secretary, when President Jimmy Carter selected her as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With that selection, Harris became the first African American woman to be in the line of succession to the Presidency.

During her confirmation hearing in 1977, she declared “I have been a defender of women, of minorities, of those who are the outcasts of this society, throughout my life and if my life has any meaning at all it is that those who start as outcasts may end up being part of the system.” Harris dedicated her career to revitalizing lower-income neighborhoods that would have otherwise been disinvested in at the time. She was deeply committed to fighting for civil and equal rights.


Save the Date: LGBTQ+: Fostering Understanding and Strengthening Fair Housing for All - April 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) are pleased to celebrate April as National Fair Housing Month with a public forum focusing on preventing and combating housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Hear from HUD leadership and national fair housing experts as they discuss how, together, we will all ensure equal access and fair housing for the LGBTQ+ community.

Date and Time

April 14, 2021 | 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Forum Overview

This forum will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction of Cultural Competency with the LGBTQ+ Community
  • LGBTQ+ and Housing
  • Call to Action: Inclusive to LGBTQ+ clients, stakeholders, and employees

Training Objectives

Forum attendees will be able to:

  • Establish the framework around Bostock Decision and Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) memorandum
  • Appreciating the LGBTQ+ experience and building cultural competencies
  • Increase awareness and cross promote fair housing initiatives and partnerships

Who Should Attend?

Forums target Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) organizations and Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies, but are open to all other interested fair housing partners.

Registration Information

Please stay tuned for an email announcing the opening of registration.

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