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July 2010

Bootheel Public Invited to Free MCHR "Dine & Discuss" Fair Housing Events


Equal Housing Opportunity LogoThis summer, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) rolls out a major component of its year-long public awareness campaign, the Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project, with 12 public lunch and dinner events spanning six southeastern Missouri counties. The free events, Dine & Discuss: Fair Housing, provide members of Missouri’s Bootheel communities with an opportunity to learn about fair housing rights, including information about discrimination in rentals, predatory lending, foreclosure avoidance, and more.

“All Missourians are entitled to fair housing,” said Alisa Warren, Executive Director of the MCHR. “Whether you rent, own, or are considering a home purchase, you need reliable information about your rights under state and federal laws. These free public programs will help consumers identify the telltale signs of housing discrimination and predatory mortgage lending — and how to protect themselves from trouble.”

One attendee at each Dine & Discuss: Fair Housing event will win a $50 gift card to an area merchant. Persons at the event also can register for free one-on-one housing and financial counseling and sign up for a scholarship to a homebuyer education class ($100 value). Dine & Discuss: Fair Housing is made possible through a grant awarded to the MCHR by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Space is limited. Reservations should be made three days prior to an event by calling 573-522-1031 or e-mailing All event locations are ADA accessible. Additional reasonable accommodations will be provided with advance notice.

Monday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m.
Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library
105 E. Marshall, Charleston

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m.
Dexter Chamber of Commerce
515 B West Market St., Dexter

Monday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m.
Malden Community Center
607 N. Douglas, Malden

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.
Mission Missouri
509 Ruth St., Sikeston

Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m.
Dexter Chamber of Commerce
515 B West Market St., Dexter

Friday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m. (Event Full)
Missouri National Guard Armory
300 W. Main, Caruthersville

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m.
Hayti Community Center
600 E. Washington, Hayti
(Spanish language interpreter at event)

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.
Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center
207 N. Washington, East Prairie

Thursday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church Family Life Center
7th & King streets, Portageville