Opening Acts: March 24, 2020

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March 24, 2020

FHJC Continues To Fight Housing Discrimination While Helping To Reduce The Spread Of The COVID-19 Virus

The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) extends its best wishes to our friends and supporters as we all deal with the extraordinary challenges of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

FHJC staff are safe and have been working from home since Monday, March 16. Staff will continue to work remotely until authorities signal that it is safe to return to the office. All program activities that involve public presentations, fair housing trainings, and in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice.

To protect FHJC testers from any potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and to comply with current restrictions, FHJC will not be conducting any undercover testing investigations at this time. Anyone who wishes to report housing discrimination should still contact the FHJC as soon after the incident as possible. Our intake staff are available by telephone at (212) 400-8219 to receive complaints and assess what type of assistance we might be able to provide under current restrictions or whether potential investigations can be conducted once the restrictions are lifted.

FHJC’s original theatrical production, ≤ [Less Than or Equal To], originally scheduled to premiere on April 24th has been cancelled. Instead, the FHJC will produce a film of the monologue production and broadcast it later in the year with a live streamed panel discussion on fair housing. Keep an eye on future Opening Acts e-newsletters for details on this event.

At this uncertain time, the FHJC encourages everyone to comply with local restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to resuming our normal program activities and continuing our fight for fair housing once this health emergency is over. Please stay healthy and safe.

The mission of the FHJC, a nonprofit civil rights organization, is to eliminate housing discrimination; promote policies and programs that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and strengthen fair housing enforcement in the New York City region.