April is National Fair Housing month. For the 11th year, Ft. Myers will host a fair housing summit Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Dr. Carrie Robinson Community Center, 2990 Edison Ave. in downtown Fort Myers from 8am-12pm.

Officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will give presentations about how they handle violations of the fair housing act.

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This week the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers hosts its annual Fair Housing Summit, this year is paying special attention to the federal Fair Housing Act, which states landlords cannot discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin when renting or selling a home. But how do these laws impact short-term rentals in Southwest Florida?

Vera Yu and David Li

Homeless Advocates Seek Landlords to Help End Veteran Homelessness by the End of this Year

More than 70 communities nationwide are working to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Lee County is taking part in the campaign. Though it’s had some success, now it’s having a hard time finding landlords willing to house homeless veterans.

Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is in South Florida this week for the National Urban League Conference.

Castro spoke with WLRN about the latest decision by HUD to put pressure on cities that receive federal dollars to do more to provide fair housing. Below is an edited version of our conversation.