HIGH POINT — The city has scheduled a series of public workshops that will explore whether to provide a new level of service for residents with fair housing complaints.
The High Point Human Relations Commission is exploring whether the city could become a federally sanctioned agency that would have investigative and enforcement authority over housing discrimination cases.
The online forums, which begin Thursday, will cover a series of topics related to the feasibility of the city becoming a Fair Housing Assistance Program.
The sessions will be led by subject matter experts and will bring members of the commission together with Realtors, landlords and local officials to discuss all aspects of Fair Housing Assistance Program operation and certification.
The information from the workshops will be used by the commission in formulating a recommendation to the City Council.
Federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in renting or buying a home, securing a mortgage and seeking housing assistance, among other transactions.
The city currently refers fair-housing complaints from residents to the N.C. Human Relations Commission in Raleigh.
All four workshops will start at 5:30 p.m., will be held via Zoom and are open to the public, starting Thursday with an overview of the Fair Housing Assistance Program operations and certification process.
The others are:
• Thursday, July 29 — History of fair housing in High Point
• Tuesday, Aug. 3 — Legal aspects of fair housing
• Tuesday, Aug. 10 — Panel discussion of fair housing investigative process
To listen in and participate, go to www.HighPointNc.gov/VirtualPublicMeeting. Archived recordings will be available on the City’s YouTube.