In 2018, the fair housing movement looked back at its history. April 4, 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the founder of the modern fair housing movement. On April 11, we marked the anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, passed in the wake of King’s assassination. Looking back has helped us realize how far we have come.
Unfortunately, this does not mean our work is done. Instead of “blacks need not apply,” many advertisements say “No Section 8” which effectively denies housing to many African-Americans and Latinos. Instead of the old state schools with their dark rooms and locked wards, people with disabilities are shut out of many neighborhoods because people believe they are a threat to the other residents. And while housing for people who are elderly is welcomed (86% of people over 65 in Connecticut are White), housing for families with children (60% of people under the age of 18 are African-American or Latino) “changes the character of the neighborhood.” Here at the Center, we continue to investigate hundreds of housing discrimination complaints each year.
There is still much work to be done, but we look forward with hope and excitement. In 2019, we are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center’s founding. We hope the next time the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act is celebrated, we will be celebrating the fulfillment of that Act’s promise.
ERIN KEMPLE, Executive Director
CHRISTIAN SAGER, President, Board of Directors
Christian Sager, President, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Shelley White, Vice President, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.
Dr. William Clark, Treasurer, STRIVE Connecticut at Career Resources, Inc.
Anna Dumais, Secretary, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Jon Bauer, Immediate Past President, University of Connecticut School of Law
Abena A. Sarpong, Aetna
Jasmine Alcantara, JLA Group
Nilda Havrilla, Connecticut Legal Services
Nancy Hronek, Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Ali (Muhammad) Husnain, Aetna
Barris Malcolm, Ph.D., University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Andraya Pulaski, Day Pitney, LLP
Earl Stallings, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith Inc.
Jamelia N. Morgan
Erin Kemple, Executive Director
Wentworth DeAngelis & Kaufman
Karin Krochmal Design
Harry Rosen House Foundation, Inc
UConn School of Social Work
Gordon & Rees
The Causeway Agency
UConn School of Law
The Greater Hartford Realtors Association
Hartford History Center
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
Shipman & Goodwin
Robinson and Cole
Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly PC
Peoples United Bank
McCarter & English
Hartford Public Library
|Fundraising Events (net)||$14,999|
|In-kind Legal Services||$76,250|
|Fees for Services||$4,051|
|Interest Income and Misc.||$1,343|
|TOTAL REVENUE & SUPPORT||$2,190,294|
|Management and General||$259,872|
|CHANGE IN NET ASSETS||$165,593|
|NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR||$1,489,201|
|NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR||$1,654,794|