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Article IV, ss 5 (f):
The Committee on Housing shall: (1) study housing conditions in the local community; (2) receive and seek to adjust complaints of discrimination; (3) oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and (4) disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.
THIS COMMITTEE FIGHTS FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SECURE AND ENJOY ALL AVAILABLE HOUSING.
Duties of the Committee:
In order to do an effective job, the housing committee must become a repository of housing information. It should be completely familiar with all housing programs administered by the local community, e.g., local planning board and urban renewal commission, the local housing authority, the private industry groups engaged in the construction, sale or financing of real estate and with neighborhood improvement groups.
LOCAL HOUSING OFFICIALS SHOULD BE INVITED TO SPEAK BEFORE THE COMMUNITY:
- Plan and sponsor an annual local housing conference. Call on other organizations to join as co-sponsors.
- Implement programs and activities prepared by the National Office. Set aside time at meetings to review materials from the Housing Department, NAACP.
- Establish procedures for complaint handling and follow-up.
- Initiate local action programs. Don’t wait for problems to be turned over to your committee. Look around and select and area that needs help, or a problem that needs to be solved.
- Invite local housing leaders and public officials to speak to your committee. Ask questions. Keep the meeting courteous and cordial. Develop supporters of your branch’s program.
- Make field trips to local ghetto areas, all-white sub-divisions, model homes, urban renewal and public housing projects. Plan trips carefully — make them worthwhile.
- Take your programs into the slum areas — make them work for the benefit of families who need your help.
- Where racial discrimination is suspected, send testers, get facts, publicize incidents, file complaints, solicit community support — remove the barriers!
- Request technical assistance, housing publications, and other services from the Housing Department. We are here to help you.
- When all other efforts are exhausted do not hesitate to engage in direct action such as peaceful demonstrations, sit-ins, rent strikes. Be certain to plan such activities well. Mobilize your supporters; arrange to maintain full control of any NAACP-sponsored protests. Consult the Branch Legal Redress Chairman in developing your plans.