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Fair Housing Foundation contest for children and teens

Poster and essay contest for children and teens
Poster and essay contest for children and teens
Fair Housing Foundation

The Fair Housing Foundation (FHF) was established in 1964 as a private, non-partisan educational agency dedicated to promoting the enforcement of fair housing laws. Established following Federal and State laws prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and leasing of housing based on race, religion, handicap, or sexual orientation, the FHF promotes the enforcement of fair housing laws by encouraging an atmosphere of open housing through education, enforcement activities, counseling services, and outreach programs.

This year, in honor of its 50-year anniversary, the Fair Housing Foundation is holding a poster contest for students in grades 4-8 and an essay contest for high school students.

April Overlie, Director of Education Outreach for the FHF said, “The contest can provide an excellent opportunity for local children to understand a part of California and American legal history that has helped bring diversity to our neighborhoods.”

The theme for the 2014 poster contest is “Fair Housing, 50-Years, We Still Have a Dream Celebrating 50 Years of the Fair Housing Foundation and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.” Entries must incorporate this theme in their posters and submit to the FHF office no later than April 16 at 5:00 PM. First Place winner will receive an Android Tablet. Second and third place winners will receive a $50 or $25 Target Gift Card, respectively.

High school students (grades 9-12) are encouraged to write an essay based on the theme stated above. All entries should not exceed 500 words and fit on one page. They too must be submitted to a nearby FHF office no later than April 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Director Overlie said, “We implore participating youth to start thinking and dreaming about what changes they can make to improve not only their lives, but also improve their communities."

For more information about the contest visit the Fair Housing Foundation website or direct e-mail queries to AOverlie@FairhousingFoundation.com. FHF offices are throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties including Long Beach, Bellflower, Huntington Beach, and San Clemente, to name a few.

Michael Thal is the author of Goodbye Tchaikovsky the story of a young violinist confronted with deafness.