Change Happens Hurricane Preparedness and

Fair Housing Program

Historically underserved and vulnerable populations and communities suffer disproportionately from equitable access to safe and accessible housing. In addition, these communities have readiness barriers that would prevent them from obtaining strategies, processes, and tools that would facilitate response activities for Hurricane Preparedness.

 

Change Happens has partnered with the City of Houston to reach historically underserved communities and populations and build knowledge to ensure that residents are better prepared for hurricane season as well as inform the community about their rights concerning Fair Housing. All activities will be conducted at the neighborhood and agency level and will include: educational workshops, effective outreach and education training, a community and youth symposium, community events, and other activities using multi-media platforms.

•Does your family have a plan?

•Do you have supplies to be self-sufficient for 2 weeks?

•What should you do before, during and after the storm?

•Do you know what your community plans are?

FOUR STEPS TO PREPAREDNESS

 

1.) MAKE AN EMERGENCY PLAN

• Each person, business, and family should have a plan in case disaster strikes.  You may not have time to prepare before an incident. Developing and practicing your emergency plan with your family keeps everyone on the same page. The resources below will help you develop your emergency plan.

2.) BUILDING A SHELTER-IN-PLACE KIT

• Houston residents should be prepared to shelter-in-place in the event of an emergency. Emergencies that might trigger a shelter-in-place include: Tornadoes, Severe Weather, Hurricanes, Law Enforcement or terrorism situations, and hazardous material releases.

 

3.) STAY INFORMED

• Knowing where to get trusted emergency information is important. Visit houstonemergency.org for up-to-date information on emergencies when they occur in Houston.  This site also has links to weather, energy restoration, traffic and other emergency information during times of crisis.

 

4.) KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

• Communities are a key element to how well people respond to disasters. Having a prepared community around you will help you be able to better respond to a disaster and recover faster. Take a role in your community and lead how they respond.

For more information on emergency preparedness visit:

 https://www.houstonoem.org/preparedness-are-you-ready/

To learn how Change Happens can help you prepare contact:

STACEY THOMPSON

sthompson@changehappenstx.org

888-665-6404

The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in home sales, financing, and rentals based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Under the law , apartment dwellers in all parts of Texas have the right to enjoy their housing without facing discrimination based on seven protected classes: race, skin color, sex, nationality, religion, disability, and familial status.

WHO IS PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW?

Race: Landlords cannot consider the race of a tenant or prospective tenant when making decisions about their housing.

 

Color: The color of a prospective tenant or buyer cannot play any role in a person's ability to have access to housing.

 

Religion: The religion you practice or do not practice, cannot give you preferential treatment or cause you to not be considered for a property.

 

National origin: Where your family is from should not play into a landlord or sellers decision to rent or sell their property to you.

Sex: Landlords cannot consider the sex of a tenant or prospective tenant when making decisions about their housing.

 

Disability: Under the law, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that can substantially limit one or more major life activities. This can include things such as chronic illness, mental illness, HIV or AIDS, alcoholism or a physical handicap, among others.

 

Familial status: This class covers children under 18 living with parents or others with legal custody, or with a designee of the parent with written permission, a person who is pregnant or a person who is seeking custody of a person under 18.

If you feel your rights have been violated visit:

www.tdhca.state.tx.us/fair-housing/complaint-how-to.htm

To learn how Change Happens can help contact:

STACEY THOMPSON

sthompson@changehappenstx.org

888-665-6404

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