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America’s Moms Honor U.S. Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary with MomsRising Super Hero Award

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August 1, 2011

CONTACT: Gretchen Wright or Molly Tomlinson, 202/371-1999

America’s Moms Honor U.S. Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary with MomsRising Super Hero Award

Award Presented for “SuperHeroic” Efforts to Fight House Discrimination Against Mothers and Families

WASHINGTON, DC – MomsRising, the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization with more than one million members working to achieve economic security for all families, today presented Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing Equal Opportunity John Trasviña with the organization’s Super Hero Award for his and the agency’s work to end housing discrimination against pregnant women and mothers.

This past spring, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement agreement with a mortgage company that discriminated in home loans against new and expecting mothers. The settlement was part of the agency’s investigations into certain mortgage lenders to determine if they were following the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, familial status or disability.

MomsRising joined the news conference to announce the settlement and worked with HUD to raise awareness of women’s and mother’s housing rights.  The organization has also collected more than 200 stories from women who have experienced housing discrimination and today presented Assistant Secretary Trasviña with a book that included some of those stories, as well as the signatures of more than 14,000 MomsRising members on a letter thanking HUD for its efforts to end housing discrimination.

“I am proud of the HUD staff work that enforced Fair Housing Act protections for women and families whose access to mortgages was unfairly limited,” said Trasvina.

In presenting the book and Award, MomsRising Vice President Mary Olivella said, “we heard stories from families all across the country of being denied home loans or rental properties – not because they didn’t have good credit scores – but because a woman was pregnant or had children. HUD’s commitment to enforcing anti-discrimination laws and to investigating these practices gave these families and scores like them hope, not just for justice, but in some cases, to have a permanent roof over their heads.”

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MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable child care, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many mothers. MomsRising also advocates for health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006 and now celebrating its fifth anniversary, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2011, for the second year in a row, Forbes.com named MomsRising's web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women.

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