FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 6, 2015) – The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM), along with the Lee County Department of Human Services, the City of Fort Myers and the City of Cape Coral, will host the Southwest Florida Annual Fair Housing Summit on Tuesday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dr. Carrie Robinson Community Center, located at 2990 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers.

Guest speakers for the event will include Henry Whitehead, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and Derrick Isaac, an attorney with Florida Rural Legal Service, Inc. The day will feature information on the Fair Housing Act, reasonable accommodations in rules and policies, emotional support animals, special parking requests, Fair Housing Rights of persons with disabilities, a discussion of differences between laws and respective accessibility standards, and more.

April is Fair Housing Month, marking the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. Fair Housing is intended to create equal housing opportunities for people living in the U.S. by administering laws that prohibit discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and familial status.

The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, contact Sherri Campanale, director of Housing & Maintenance Operations at the HACFM, at or 239-344-3247.

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers serves as a catalyst for increasing access to safe, affordable housing and to help develop, preserve and revitalize communities through affordable rental housing. The agency is dedicated to empowering families with the means to become as self-sufficient as possible, encouraging and facilitating movement toward financial independence beyond the need for HACFM services, while recognizing the needs and limitations of the mentally and physically disabled, aged and infirmed.

The HACFM provides high-quality, stable and sustainable housing and related services to people in need. In addition, the staff works diligently in providing programs such as Resident Services/Family Self-Sufficiency and HOPE VI Community Supportive Services. The goal is to help families become self-sufficient, therefore strengthening the communities that use public and private resources efficiently and effectively. The HACFM also aims to instill pride and a desire for an enhanced quality of life for families and serves the greater Fort Myers community in a manner that demonstrates professional courtesy, respect and caring.

For more information, call 239-344-3220 or visit