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Sun Sentinel interviews HOPE President & CEO Keenya Robertson, Esq. on fair housing protections in Broward County

Finding an affordable place to live can be tough and Broward County commissioners don’t want discriminatory practices to make it any harder.  Commissioners are considering expanding protections to veterans, victims of domestic violence and others who may be having trouble renting or buying to make sure they aren’t being treated unfairly.

“We know that there are some areas where there is still discrimination,” said Commissioner Nan Rich, who is behind the effort to create the new protections.

The federal government prohibits discrimination based on someone’s race, religion, sex, national origin, disability and whether or not they have children. The state includes protections based on a person’s HIV status. Broward already has additional protections covering marital status, political

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HUD swears in new assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development swore-in its new assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity Thursday.  Anna Maria Farías will take the new position after being confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate. HUD Secretary Ben Carson administered the oath of office to Farías.

Now, she will be responsible for leading the department’s work to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Anna Maria back home to HUD,” Carson said. “As she has in the past, Anna Maria will provide steady leadership and will advance HUD’s mission as a manifestation of our nation’s fair housing and civil rights laws.”

Previously, Farías served in senior roles at HUD under

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