Indiana ad campaign fights housing discrimination - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Indiana ad campaign fights housing discrimination

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INDIANAPOLIS -

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission is fighting housing discrimination with a statewide advertising campaign.

Commission Executive Director Jamal Smith says the campaign will include ads in newspapers and on radio, billboards and mass transit. It also will use social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The commission said Tuesday that less than 5 percent of housing discrimination in Indiana was reported in 2010. Smith says he hopes this campaign will create better advocacy and understanding of housing discrimination and bring more people forward to file complaints.

The commission is using a $250,000 grant from by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to pay for the campaign.

The commission's task is to enforce civil rights laws including the Indiana Fair Housing Act.

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