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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2010
MCHR Promotes New Public Awareness Campaign
and Fair Housing Month with Student Contests
Jefferson City, Mo – This month the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) kicks off national Fair Housing Month and a new Missouri public awareness campaign, the Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project, with a poster and journalism contest for youths. Students enrolled in a Lincoln University Extension youth program in Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, or Stoddard counties are invited to submit an essay or poster expressing the theme, “Live the Dream: Fair Housing.” The contest and the awareness campaign are funded by an Education and Outreach Initiative grant awarded to the MCHR by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Winners will be honored at an event in May 2010, where they will receive cash prizes in the amounts of $250 (first place), $125 (second place), and $50 (third place). Contestants are divided by age groups: Group 1 (poster), grades 1-3; Group 2 (poster), grades 4-6; Group 3 (poster), grades 7-12; and Group 4 (essay), grades 7-12. First-, second-, and third-place winners from each of these four groups will be awarded prizes, for a total of up to 12 students recognized. To be eligible for consideration, submissions must be delivered and in the possession of the Lincoln University Extension Office, 201 North Stoddard, Sikeston, Missouri, 63801, by close of business, April 28, 2010. For additional information about the contest, contact Lincoln University Extension Office at 573-471-3059 or the MCHR at 573-751-3325.
By entering the poster or essay contest, the participant is agreeing to permit use of his/her poster/essay. The winning contestants’ photos may be used by print or broadcast media, on the Missouri Labor Department’s Web site, or in future Department publications advertising such contests.
The Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project aims to educate the 150,000 citizens and housing industry professionals in Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, and Stoddard counties about their rights and obligations under fair housing laws. The MCHR is an independent commission housed in the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. It is responsible for enforcing the Missouri Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), disability and age (in employment only), and familial status (in housing only). For more information about your rights, the MCHR complaint process, or free public informational sessions, visit www.labor.mo.gov/MOHumanRights or call 573-751-3325.
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