I recently completed a neat one year project with the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission. I was hired under a one year partnership grant the Commission received with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. I was to assist in both implementing and garnering awareness for its inaugural Four Corners Tour project. The tour consisted of the Commission visiting with Arkansans around our state. Designed to share and gather information on statewide fair housing and fair lending issues, affordable housing, and accessible housing, this inaugural tour asked Arkansans to explore how to create and maintain strong sustainable neighborhoods that have sufficient affordable housing free from discrimination.
Through my media campaign I was able to garner a number of press hits for the tour including a television interview with KNWA-TV in Fayetteville (Fair Housing Commission Looks for NWA Discrimination Issues, John Cumpston, 8/20/2014) and a lead article in the Pine Bluff Commercial (Fair Housing: Commission talks tenant rights as part of statewide tour, Stephen Simpson, 9/16/2014). I developed both radio and print advertisements for the Tour that were placed in newspapers around the state. Nearly 400 Arkansans participated in this inaugural tour.
During this time I also had the opportunity to work on the Annual Arkansas Fair Housing Conference. This annual conference is our state’s largest fair housing/fair lending education event. I also got the chance to put on the first Arkansas Fair Housing Commission Fair Housing Friday event…movie night (Too Big To Fail) at the Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock.
To find out more about the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission click here or call 501.682.FAIR (3247).