BY JAMES HARPER, DAYTONA TIMES STAFF-Harperjames59@yahoo.com:
Avis Wilkinson says she has one goal for those attending a Community Resource Fair being held at the John H. Dickerson Community Center April 12 – “walk away with one useful item of information.”
Wilkinson, the Housing Manager/SHIP Administrator for Daytona Beach’s Economic Community Development Division, says this is the first ever Community Resource Fair they are holding during National Community Development week which runs April 8 – 14.
April is also National Fair Housing Month.
A HUD Fair Housing Workshop will also take place April 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Dickerson Center.The Community Resource Fair which will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“The Community Resource Fair will provide persons with information about important services within this, community,” Atkinson said.
Twenty-six vendors are scheduled to participate in the Resource Fair. They include: Halifax Habitat for Humanity, Volusia County Community Assistance, Mid Florida Community Services Head Start, ElderSource and SHINE, Mid Florida Weatherization, Disability Solutions for Independent Living, Inc., Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind, Organizing for America, Community Legal Services of Mid Florida, Inc., VITAS, Salvation Army of East Volusia and Flagler Counties, Haven Recovery Center Inc., Daytona Bach Area Association of Realtors, The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Division of Workers Compensation, the Florida Department of Financial Services, Daytona State College, Good Will Self Sufficiency Job Center, Mid-Florid Housing Partnership Inc., Central Florida Community Development Corporation, Volusia County Health Department, Fifth Third Bank, Sun Trust Bank, the city of Daytona Beach’s Permits/Licensing, Economic and Community Development Division, Code Enforcement/Animal Control; and Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T).
Emory M. Counts, Economic/Community Development Director will introduce the speakers and sponsors during the Fair Housing Workshop, which again takes place before the Resource Fair.
Slated to speak are Julio Rocher, Equal Opportunity Specialist U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Julie Shaw, Executive Director Disability Solutions for Independent Living Incorporated on Fair Housing Related to Disabilities, Service Animal Complaints; and Charles President, Equal Opportunity Specialist of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is also scheduled to present a case study.
All speakers will be available for questions and will participate in an open discussion with those in attendance.
The Fifth Third Bank will have its Financial Empowerment Mobile located in the parking lot of the Dickerson Center which is located at 309 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Those entering Fifth Third’s bus will be able to get a free credit report, meet with a credit counselor for one on advice and anyone looking for a job with the bank can apply at this time.
Financial advisors will also be available to speak on topics such as credit, homeownership, foreclosure prevention and other bank services.
Refreshments provided by the Daytona Beach Board of Realtors.
For more information on these events, or services provided by the city’s Economic/community Development Division, contact Wilkinson at386-671-8051.