FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 22, 2016) – The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers, 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 Wednesday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Dr. Carrie Robinson Community Center, located at 2990 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers.

The summit will feature information on the Fair Housing Act, reasonable accommodations and modifications in rules and policies, emotional support and service animals, Section 504, special parking requests, Fair Housing Rights of persons with disabilities, a discussion of differences between laws and respective accessibility standards, and more. Guest speakers include Derrick Isaac, Esq. with Florida Rural Legal Service, Inc., and Aaron Levine and Henry Whitehead, both equal opportunity specialists with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

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. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Sherri Campanale, director of Housing & Maintenance Operations at the HACFM, at sherri@hacfm.org or 239-344-3273.

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers serves as a catalyst for increasing access to safe, stable and sustainable 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 through its Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and HOPE VI Community Supportive Services (CSS) programs, encouraging and facilitating movement toward financial independence beyond the need for HACFM services. 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, while recognizing the needs and limitations of the mentally and physically disabled, aged and infirmed.

For more information about the HACFM, call 239-344-3220 or visit www.hacfm.org.