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Committee of 100 fair housing letter

Committee of 100 fair housing letter

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Published by: The Huntsville Times on Jul 13, 2012
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NEWSRELEASE
FORIMMEDIATERELEASE:Tuesday,July10,2012Contact:CarolMadryBellcarolmadrybell@hsvc100.org256-651-8712
Committeeof100SupportsFairHousing
 
TheHuntsvilleCommitteeof100issuedastatementtodaysupportingfullcompliancewiththefederalFairHousingAct,callingitthe“right”and“legallyappropriate”thingtodo.Theorganization--representing212CEOsandbusinessprofessionalsfromeveryareaofHuntsville,MadisonandMadisonCounty–alsocommittedtoparticipateinfact-basedconversationsonfairandaffordablehousingandencouragingotherstojointhem.“Weareaneconomicdevelopmentorganizationthatfullyvaluesandrespectstheimportanceoffairandaffordablehousinginattractingcompaniesandahigh-qualityworkforcetoourcommunity,”saidDaveHargrove,Committeeof100Chairman.“Developingcooperativesolutionstocommunityissuesisthecoreofourmission,andwelookforwardtoworkingwithotherstoensurefairandaffordablehousingforthoselessfortunate.”TheCommitteeof100joinedwithTheCommunityFoundation,theChamberofCommerceofHuntsville-MadisonCountyandLeadershipHuntsville-MadisonCountyinissuingstatementsofsupportforfairhousingtoday.TheHuntsvilleCityCouncilisexpectedtovoteonaresolutionofsupportatitsJuly12thmeeting.HuntsvilleMayorTommyBattleformedthecommunitycoalitiontosupporttheHuntsvilleHousingAuthority’svoteyesterdaytorequestaU.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment(HUD)opiniononSB205,abillpassedbytheAlabamaLegislaturemandatingthreeweeksadvancenotificationofpropertyconsideredforpurchasebytheHuntsvilleHousingAuthorityandpreventingtheauthorityfromusingeminentdomain.ThestatebillappliesonlytoHuntsville’sauthority–allothersinthestateareexempt.TheAlabamaHUDofficehasnotifiedtheCitythatthisbillmaybeanimpedimenttofairhousingandthereforecouldinvitealawsuit.“Wesupporteffortstomakeallpublicagenciestransparentandaccountable,butalsorecognizethatfullcompliancewithfederallawisessential,”addsHargrove.

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