Human Rights Commission Seeks Input On Fair Housing In Lexington

Feb 26, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington Human Rights Commission is inviting citizens to comment for the first time on its recently released State of Fair and Affordable Housing Report.

The report, commissioned as part of the group’s 50th anniversary, touches on everything from housing to education to per capita income and now the Human Rights Commission wants to hear from citizens about its findings.

HRC executive director Raymond Sexton says not all of the data is new, but it’s the first time in more than 15 years the information has been collected in one place.

"This report didn't really show us anything new, but it does highlight the stark contrasts. It is quite a big difference when you're looking at white home ownership  at 87 percent as compared to the others, or even whites making twice as much as blacks doing the same job," he notes.

The meeting will be held tonight at 5 at the Central Library downtown. Sexton says he hopes input from the community can help shape future training for officials dealing with the problems laid out in the report and serve as a resource for those writing grants.