You know it was a busy Fair Housing Month when it takes our agency nearly two weeks after the month concluded to even post a reflection about all of the awesome things we did. Whew! Here are the highlights of where we went, what we did, and how we did it. Thanks to everyone who came out to our events, participated in our forums and discussions, and attended our trainings. And believe it or not, we’re already making plans for next year’s Fair Housing Month events, so we hope to see some of y’all again next year!
In all, our staff conducted four fair housing trainings across the state in April. Our biggest training event happened at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, where nearly 100 attendees – which ranged from colleagues at human rights commissions to housing providers – not only got to participate in a training from LFHC staff, but also heard Andrea M. Garr-Barnes, the Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Western Kentucky University, and Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign. While not officially confirmed, we hope that our attendees also got to enjoy a milkshake from the Corvette Cafe and take a tour of the museum. In addition to our big training in Bowling Green, LFHC staff also offered trainings in Winchester, Somerset, and Hopkinsville. In all, upwards of 200 people attended the fair housing trainings we held in April!
This year’s Get on the Bus event in Owensboro was a smashing success. We had community historians, the mayor of Owensboro, representatives from the Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development contribute to a great afternoon of history and fellowship. In all, approximately 60 people participated in our event and rode with us through the Snow Hill, Mechanicsville, Baptist Town, and Strawberry Hill neighborhoods. Also, special shout-out to Owensboro Community Development Director Abby Shelton for her impromptu auto mechanic skills and saving the trip/day for us!
Our annual housing forum in Lexington had a great turn-out of agency partners, city representatives, and community representatives to discuss not only the housing issues in Lexington but also to highlight the progress that’s been made in addressing and resolving housing issues in our city. Aside from the great atmosphere from simply having so many people committed to housing justice in the same room, we really got to have some meaningful discussion about the expanding crisis of affordable housing in Lexington. We hope to continue not only the discussion but also the action that came out of this forum.
We didn’t even make a lot of noise about this one, but many of you have no doubt seen it out there in the wild (especially since you’re on our website): we’ve got a new logo! We felt it was time to finally give ourselves a unique, recognizable brand out there in the world, and so we leveled up and dressed ourselves up a bit. So self-high-five to us! Hopefully this’ll make us a little more recognizable out here in the digital landscape, but also out in the first-life world, too.