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Fair Housing Community Conversation and Dinner is Feb. 12

Community Development Director Peter J. Miller (THE WESTFIELD NEWS PHOTO)

WESTFIELD – On Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., Westfield residents who are concerned about impediments to fair housing in the city, or who have experienced housing discrimination, are invited to  City Council Chambers, City Hall Room 207, for a fair housing conversation and dinner.
Community Development Director Peter J. Miller said the community conversation is a requirement of the city’s five-year plan with Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as an entitlement community for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
Miller said that the city has contracted with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to host the conversation and dinner, and to study the data for an analysis on impediments to fair housing in Westfield.
The dinner is primarily for renters, for people who may have been discriminated against or denied housing, and for residents with concerns about access to Fair Housing. Miller said the Planning Commission is making the arrangements, and this will be the first time since he’s been involved with the city that he will be attending a dinner in City Council chambers.
Residents may RSVP to Jill Decoursey at (413) 781-6045 or [email protected], and indicate whether they wish to be reimbursed for costs of childcare and transportation.
Any questions on the event may be directed to Miller at 413-572-6246.

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