PREVENT HATE is beginning to offer the general public access to various leaders, movers, and shakers globally in order for all of you to gain additional insight as to what is happening throughout the world, and how you can get involved making your own communities better for all its inhabitants. Part of this is through our Twitter account by hosting chats with various officials so that you can make your voices heard, and have your questions answered.
On September 15, 2009, PREVENT HATE hosted a Twitter chat with John Trasviña, the United States Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. The full transcript of the chat is as follows.
10:01 AM We are beginning our chat with the US Asst. of Fair Housing, John Trasvina. Welcome Assistant Secretary!
10:04 AM Q1) Section 3 requires low income people to get job training, but what about about people with disabilities who can’t work?
10:06 AM A1) Just b/c someone has a disability does not disqualify him/her from work and the point of Sec. 3 is to promote job options for low income
10:07 AM Not options … job opportunities for low income
10:18 AM @Najia7 Does your dept focus on green building/improve indoor air quality/saving energy/creating jobs with #SOLAR public housing?
10:19 AM in reply to Najia7 We focus on sustainable communities. Some focus is on energy innovation w/in home and making sure transportation and housing are in synch
10:22 AM 61% of ppl who had subprime mortgages qualified for traditional loans and did not have to be in the situation they now find themselves in
10:22 AM Go to makinghomeaffordable.gov for more info.
10:24 AM We all have a stake & role in doing that. I will be speaking to a group later this wk – Building One America – which revitalizes communities
10:33 AM Our off. enforces Sec. 504 of Rehab Act & 1988’s Fair Housing amendments, which ensures access to units of 4+ unit buildings built after ’91
10:36 AM Q6) The LA Riots of 1991 were based on bad lending, by allowing immigrants to get loans more easily than locals. Any comment?
10:38 AM A6) I disagree with the premise that this is what happened. African-Americans and immigrants both have been victimized by predatory lending
10:39 AM Q7) Does preventing discrimination based on sex include people who have changed their sex medically?
10:42 AM Nobody should have to hide their identity in USA
10:43 AM Q8) What would it take to have sexual orientation to be covered as a category that cannot be discriminated against?
10:45 AM Q9) Why don’t people have to speak English to get federal funds and public housing?
10:48 AM Q10) Does your office work with community groups to provide services and programs in public housing?
10:49 AM A10) We focus on fair housing. Yes we work with community grps and offer funding to prevent discrimination in housing
10:50 AM Q11) Does your office consider AIDS related discrimination as disability discrimination?
10:51 AM A11) AIDS discrimination may be considered discrimination against a disability according to the law
10:53 AM Q12) Have you seen an increase in people requesting public housing?
10:54 AM A12) For more information about this, please visit hud.gov/pih
10:56 AM After 41 years of law, housing discrimination still persists. I encourage people to check out hud.gov/fheo, or call 1-800-669-9777.
10:58 AM in reply to @NAMIMass Many thought the work was over in ’88 when we expanded the Fair Housing law to protect ppl with disabilities but we need more work
10:59 AM And so is Matt Rosenthal of PREVENT HATE. Thank you! — End chat.