History of the Agency
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Fair Housing Center Of Northern Alabama
The Greater Birmingham Fair Housing Center (GBFHC) was incorporated in the early 1980's, but lacked financial
support from the state, county, city, and local businesses. The agency was reactivated in 1988-89 to provide testing
and supervisory assistance to HUD during the Housing Discrimination Survey. In 1991, members of the board and
local attorneys contacted the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) for information and assistance in reactivating
the fair housing program in Birmingham.

NFHA then applied for and secured FHIP Education and Outreach Funds to provide technical assistance to the
GBFHC. The agency became one of three fair housing organizations existing in the Deep South. GBFHC had a
seven-county service area, including Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Walker, Bibb and Etowah Counties

The agency was created as a not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors representing the
civic, social, business and educational communities. It was incorporated in 1993 as a 501c(3) agency and opened in
June of the same year.

The Greater Birmingham Fair Housing Center’s name was changed to the
Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama (FHCNA) in August 1997.

Our expressed purpose is to insure that all who seek housing are given fair and equal access to housing of their
choice based upon their ability to acquire. We are obligated to serve the seven protected classes guaranteed these
rights under federal law. Services are available to all citizens regardless of socio economic status.

We offer the community a two-pronged program: education and enforcement. These services are provided to the
housing consumer and housing providers. All services to housing consumers are free of charge. Our education efforts
include trainings and presentations to community groups on fair housing issues. Our enforcement efforts entail the
investigation of alleged housing discriminatory acts, complaint based and or systemic testing.

The City of Birmingham and its surrounding counties have a long history of segregated residential pattens and high
incidences of unlawful housing practices. As such, the greater Birmingham area contains many impediments to equal
housing opportunities. At this stage, FHCNA seeks to devote its enforcement efforts toward discrimination in the
public and private real estate markets and other transactions such as insurance relining, appraisals and loans.
Emphasis will be placed on investigation reports of discriminatory acts toward persons protected under Title VIII
and particular interest will be devoted towards persons of other ethnic groups with language difficulties. It is
believed that discrimination in these areas pose a substantial threat to equal housing opportunities within the greater
Birmingham community.