09.16.10

Schiff to Host Breakfast Roundtable, Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, DC– Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will host a breakfast roundtable meeting with John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to discuss issues related to fair housing and the Latino community. The roundtable will be held on Monday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Pasadena City Hall. At the event, Assistant Secretary Trasviña will provide an update on initiatives his office has been working on. He will also be seeking input from community stakeholders on issues facing the local community.

“Homeownership is one of the primary ways for families to build assets, which is especially true for Latino households in which a significant percentage of net worth comes from the equity in a home,” Rep. Schiff said. “Unfortunately, as the economy struggles to recover, the number of Latino families who own their own home is dwindling. I hope the roundtable will provide resources and information to ensure Latino individuals and families throughout our community have access to decent, safe and affordable rental and homeownership opportunities.”

“Housing and the freedom to choose where one’s family lives are basic needs,” said John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  “Assuring housing in communities, free from discrimination, with access to good schools, jobs, transportation, and health care is one of HUD’s major goals.  The Roundtable is an affirmative step to ensure that the Latino community of Pasadena knows its fair housing rights and can gain the assistance of HUD when faced with housing discrimination.”

WHO:             Rep.  Adam Schiff
                       John Trasviña,
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, HUD

WHAT:          Roundtable to discuss issues related to fair housing and the Latino community

WHEN:          Monday, Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

RSVP to Yvonne Hsu at (626) 304-2727 or Yvonne.Hsu@mail.house.gov.

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