WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 30, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) is pleased to announce the opening of the South Carolina Fair Housing Center in Columbia, South Carolina on September 30, 2013. The center will be established in South Carolina to address the growing need in that community, and is funded by a one million dollar federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.
“The South Carolina Fair Housing Center is being founded by community leaders who live in South Carolina – individuals who are painfully aware of the discriminatory practices that exist in their community. Working as a team, NCRC, community leaders and HUD, will work toward our goal of making fair and equal access to housing, capital and credit a reality for individuals living in South Carolina,” said John Taylor, NCRC President and CEO. “We applaud HUD for their commitment to our nation’s communities and for their ongoing efforts to affirmatively further fair housing in our nation’s communities.”
There will be an open house and press conference held at the South Carolina Fair Housing Center on September 30 from 2:00- 5:00 PM to introduce the new center’s Board of Directors, and sponsors and to announce the center’s programs. The South Carolina Fair Housing Center will be located at 1925 Bull Street in Columbia, SC, 29201. The center’s phone number is (803) 403-8447. The center’s commitment is to affirmatively furthering fair housing, promoting economic justice, developing decent, safe and affordable housing and expanding small business opportunities in South Carolina.
“The center will offer educational programs and provide testing to uncover housing discrimination in the community, while fulfilling its commitment to the broader issues of economic justice. The federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to consider race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status in the sale or rental of housing,” said David Berenbaum, NCRC’s Chief Program Officer. “In addition to organizing local residents to form the center’s board of directors, NCRC will also provide technical assistance and training to the center staff. The goal is that in three years, the center will become an independent organization, and a new NCRC member.”
For more information please contact Tracy McCracken, at 202-628-8866 or . This event is open to members of the media.
About the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC):
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development, and vibrant communities for America’s working families.