Starting on Thursday, July 22, the High Point Human Relations Commission will host a series of housing security workshops that are meant to “evaluate the feasibility of the City of High Point becoming a Fair Housing Assistance Program.”

Like many other workshops and meetings in the past year and four months, this new series of will be conducted via Zoom.

Fair Housing Assistance Programs – which fall under the oversight of the federal Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity – implement federally equivalent fair housing laws that are meant to help protect people from discrimination when they rent or buy a home, get a mortgage or apply for housing assistance.  The programs also offer access to fair housing resources.

There will be a lot of diverse participants offering input at the four workshops – including realtors, landlords and local leaders.  The discussion is ultimately meant to produce recommendations to the High Point City Council. 

High Point’s Human Relations Commission has been investigating concerns that a failure to have local fair housing programs creates inequitable barriers for residents.

Currently, High Point residents who believe they’ve been discriminated against in regard to housing can submit a complaint to the NC Human Relations Commission in Raleigh.

All four workshops start at 5:30 p.m. and are open, virtually, to anyone.

Each workshop will look at a different aspect of fair housing:

  • Thursday, July 22 – Overview of Fair Housing Assistance Program operations and certification process
  • Thursday, July 29 – History of fair housing in High Point
  • Tuesday, Aug. 3 – Legal aspects of fair housing
  • Tuesday, Aug. 10 – Panel discussion of the fair housing investigative process

Interested residents are encouraged to participate by registering at Archived recordings will be available on the city’s YouTube channel.

For more information, people can contact Human Relations Manager Rase McCray at 336-883-3124 or