2005-10-26 Grand Rapids Press "Forum warns about housing discrimination"


Forum warns about housing discrimination
BY LUCIA RIOS
The Grand Rapids Press

HOLLAND ---

Hortensia Ramirez did not realize it at the time, but she was discriminated against.

She applied for a two bed-room apartment for herself and her two children. When the manager realized she was pregnant, he told her there wouldn't be enough room and he could not rent her the apartment.

"I felt very little and cried the whole day," the Holland resident said. "I didn't think it was necessary to tell him I was pregnant."

With the help of the Lakeshore Fair Housing Center, Ramirez and many others can access housing information to
protect from discrimination.

"In today's world, discrimination is not usually done blatantly," said Gail Harrison, interim director of the Lakeshore
Fair Housing Center.

Ramirez was one of many people Tuesday night who attended an educational forum hosted by Holland's Ourstreet
Office.

The forum provided information about the groups covered under the housing law, what is illegal and what to do if
you have experienced discrimination.

A second forum will be held from 7 to 8 P.m. Nov. 2 at the Latin American United for Progress office at 100 N. Fairbanks
Ave.

The forum will be Presented in English and Spanish.

Contact Gail Harrison at (616) 994-6311 or e-mail LFHC@ macatawa.org.
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