What is Fair Housing?
Housing discrimination denies people the right to choose the neighborhoods in which they want to live. The Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance and The Federal Fair Housing Act guarantee everyone the right to rent or buy housing on a fair and equal basis regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or familial status. In Fairfax, it is also illegal to discriminate in housing based on marital status or age (age 55 +).
Fair Housing Art and Literary Contest
The Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission holds this contest to create awareness among high school students of fair housing issues and laws and to promote the importance of providing equal housing opportunities for all. This yearly contest is open to all public high school students within Fairfax County. The entries are judged by category and the winner for each category receives a cash prize. Students may participate by submitting artwork or a written work based on the year's theme. This year's theme was Fair Housing: Building A Community Block By Block.
The prize is co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®. Winners were recognized at the Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs’ Annual Fair Housing Month Luncheon on April 27, 2017.
The winners of the 2017 contest are:
Art Winner: Sarah Kim, WT Woodson High School
Literary Winner: Shaan Chudasama, Chantilly High School
OHREP and SHRC would like to thank all students who participated in the contest.
For more information about fair housing discrimination or the contest please contact the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs at 703- 324-2953, TTY 711 or visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/human-rights.