Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is more commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. It prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and gender when it comes to the sale, rental or financing of housing. In 1988, it was amended to protect people with disabilities and families with children. But, the Fair Housing Act still allows for discrimination in cases of sexual orientation and gender identity.
If North Carolina lawmakers don’t renew film incentives during the short session – or if they choose to gut them to the point they’re no longer competitive with other states, some industry insiders are predicting an exodus of long-time film professionals from Wilmington.
The Wilmington Housing Authority is poised to apply for the federal grant that would make possible the revitalization of the city’s distressed Southside neighborhood. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to release the grant application in June. And to be a contender for this thirty million-dollar award, Wilmington must demonstrate significant community buy-in. The Authority already enjoys support from the City, the police, and several area nonprofits, but their final frontier is engaging the local business community.