The Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched its first housing discrimination mobile application for iPhones and iPads.
The app was developed by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity to help the public and the industry “learn about housing rights and responsibilities” under the Fair Housing Act.
FHEO has released HTML 5 adaptive mobile pages, which are in English and Spanish and allow Web content to display properly regardless of the brand of smartphone or tablet being used.
It can be used as an educational tool for fair housing advocate groups and individuals especially after natural disasters.
This first fair housing mobile application “equips people everywhere” with a tool that helps combat housing discrimination, said HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity, John Trasvina. It helps users address housing discrimination complaints more effectively.
Several organizations including MomsRising, League of United Latin American Citizens, Asian Real Estate Association of America, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers are promoting the app through their networks.
The app was unveiled during the Third Annual MobileGov Summit in Washington, which brings government and technology industry leaders together.