City of Jacksonville



Jacksonville Human Rights Commission Annual Fair Housing Expo is Back With a Focus on Affordable, Sustainable, Attainable Housing for Residents

April 05, 2024
The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission (JHRC) today released full information concerning its annual Fair Housing Expo, which will take place at the Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront, on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 10am until 4pm. The free event will feature workshops, panel discussions, and a keynote address from experts in the areas of fair and affordable housing.  Experts and leaders confirmed for the expo include Senator Tracie Davis, Representative Angie Nixon, Councilman Jimmy Peluso, and Leah Rothstein, who has for over two decades been a consultant to housing developers, financiers, and local governments on community development and affordable housing.
Ms. Rothstein, who will give the keynote address to the Fair Housing Expo, is a noted author on the topic of ways that local communities can address the enduring wrongs of segregation. The first 100 attendees at the expo will receive a free copy of Ms. Rothstein’s latest book, Just Action, and can get it signed by her on the morning of the expo. Just Action continues the important work begun in The Color of Law, by her father and co-author, Richard Rothstein.  “Few experts understand the complicated relationship between Jim Crow policies half a century ago and the affordable housing crisis in our cities today more than Leah Rothstein,” said Dr. Rudy Jamison, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. “We’re so fortunate to have Ms. Rothstein with us in Jacksonville to help us make the connection and seek solutions.”

The Fair Housing Expo will also feature workshop sessions and panel discussions. A roundtable discussion between state elected leaders Senator Tracie Davis and Rep. Angie Nixon, and Cindy Funkhouser, the CEO of Sulzbacher, moderated by Carrie Davis, CEO of Wealth Watchers, will feature during the lunch hour. Workshops will be presented by LISC Jacksonville, SPAR, Ameris Bank, Groundworks Jacksonville, and many others. A vendor fair will be held that will feature over 40 organizations relevant to the fair and affordable housing space. “The great thing about our annual expo is that residents can learn directly from experts in their respective fields.” said JHRC Commissioner and Housing Committee Chairperson Victoria Croy, Vice President of Culture and Inclusion, Jacksonville Jaguars. “The speakers will take questions and will connect attendees to resources available right here in Jacksonville.” 

Registration is now open for the JHRC Fair Housing Expo. It’s free to register and attend the expo by visiting Attendees will enjoy giveaways, snacks and lunch, door prizes, and outstanding information from experts in the topics of fair housing and affordable housing.