LULAC is unalterably opposed to racial discrimination
in any form in Housing based on race, color or national origin.
Racial Housing issues with which we must deal often
make the going rough. As a volunteer organization, we must be able to
diagnose the ills of a community, coalesce with other minority
organizations, devise a plan, select alternative solutions and follow
through toward a defined goal.
LULAC's housing policy will not remain stagnant. It
will continually evolve though our principles will remain fairly
constant. Policy is determined by the Annual Convention, ratified by the
National Board of Directors, and implemented by the National Housing
Committee, Regional Vice Presidents/State Offices and local councils.
A. The National Office will:
1) Assist Councils, State and Regional Offices with
particular problems in accordance with availability of technical
2) Help design programs;
3) Plan housing conferences and/or work shops;
4) Bring a professional approach to highly complex issues;
5) Help organize a plan of attack; and,
6) Interpret policy.
B. Council Housing Committee
The duties of the Housing Committee shall be to:
• Study housing conditions in the local community
• Receive and seek to resolve complaints of discrimination;
• Oppose all restrictive practices, public and/or private, that may
affect Hispanics; and,
• Disseminate information and render such other assistance which may
eliminate discrimination in Housing.
2. Committee Appointments:
a) In selecting the Committee, the Council President
and Housing Chairman should choose persons on the basis of the housing
program of the Council and the expertise needed to do the job. Do not
hesitate to look beyond the Council's present members. This could be a
source of new members and supporters of LULAC.
b) Try to secure a balance between professionals and community residents
on the Committee. Do not overlook real estate firms, human relations
agencies, planning bodies, public housing and redevelopment agencies,
bankers, builders, etc. Community residents might include tenants,
home owners, church leaders, neighborhood business owners and leaders of
other community organizations.
c) The financial, professional and political resources of the majority
community can become an asset to your Committee. Be sure that the
persons appointed are made familiar with Council policies and are
willing to support them.
3) Committee structures.
The Council President, with approval of the Executive
Committee will appoint the Chairman of the Housing Committee. All
members of the Committee shall be appointed by the President of the
Council in consultation with the Chairman:
a) It is recommended that at least three members be
appointed to the Committee.
b) In some small communities, small subcommittees may be needed to give
special attention to:
• Public Housing and Tenants;
• Community Development Programs;
• Lending Policies and Practices;
• Planning & Zoning Boards; and,
• Housing Discrimination (Sales, Rental, Marketing, Fair Housing Laws).
c) Councils located in very large cities should expect to encounter the
more sophisticated and complex programs in housing and community
development. These programs will require con stant monitoring by
d) A Committee member should be appointed as Secretary to keep records,
inform members of meetings, prepare correspondence for the Committee and
reports for the Chairman. In some cases, the Council Secretary will
perform these services for the Housing Committee.
e) The Housing Committee should make a monthly report to the Executive
Committee. The report should cover current activities, programs planned,
and requests to the Council to initiate programs requiring their
approval. Copies of annual and special reports should also be sent to
the National Office.
4. Committee Activities:
a) Sponsor a neighborhood or citywide housing
conference or work shop. Invite federal, state and local housing
officials to speak. Focus on local conditions such as substandard
housing, discrimination, tenant problems, etc. The National LULAC Civil
Rights Committee through the National, Regional and State Offices will
help you with programs and speakers.
b) Stock and review materials from U.S. Housing and Urban Development;
study and publicize minority organizations' housing resolutions; have
members become acquainted with new programs and brief the Councils.
c) Establish a procedure to receive and process complaints in all areas
of housing. Inform residents of this service. Follow through on all
d) Initiate affirmative action programs; survey areas of need. Look
around to see what problems there are. Establish a speakers bureau. Seek
invitations from both Hispanic and white groups, especially churches, to
discuss housing issues.
e) Invite local housing officials and industry leaders to speak to your
Committee and/or Council. Keep your meetings courteous and cordial. Pick
their brains. Develop supporters of your program.
f) Plan weekend visits to suburban areas, new projects and model homes.
Tour slum areas and talk to residents; hear the problems. Invite them to
join the Committee and work for better housing.
g) Visit your city and regional planning agencies. Insist upon minority
appointments to their boards and staff. Have them explain their housing
plans for the area, especially the dispersal of low income housing.
Press for Housing Advisory Committees and Equal Opportunity Plans.
h) Schedule visits to HUD/FHA and Farmers Home Officials. Secure their
literature and distribute to residents.
i) To combat discriminatory acts, recruit testers to check the practices
of owners and landlords.
j) Where necessary to end racial injustices and where all other efforts
have been exhausted, the Council should support direct action efforts
such sit-ins, rent strikes, and peaceful demonstrations. It should pack
meetings and hold press conferences.
5). Program Recommendations and/or Suggestions:
LULAC is a membership organization composed of
volunteers. Our strength lies in the dedicated, voluntary service of our
members. Councils are not expected to possess the professional
expertise. The National Civil Rights Committee will provide program and
technical assistance, help in preparing complaints, advice on monitoring
programs and resolving difficult issues. Councils are encouraged to
consider programs which may be carried out with volunteers and within
their financial resources. The National LULAC Civil Rights Committee
will assist you in designing special programs to fit the needs of your
community and the capabilities of local chapters. There are basic
programs which any Council may engage in. Some of these are described
below. You may want to use these ideas and initiate your own program, or
write HUD for information and materials.
Each Council is encouraged to be a "watchdog" over local housing
programs to assure that they are operated without discrimination. A
planned program to monitor activities, evaluate their effectiveness and
to keep your Council and community informed fulfills a basic need.
Monitoring activities should include: sales and rental practices of
brokers and builders, lending policies of banks and savings and loans,
relocation and code enforcement programs. Compliance with Affirmative
Action Programs and equal opportunity regulations must be more than
"paper" commitments. Appoint subcommittees to investigate, make reports
and recommend follow-up action where noncompliance or racial injustice
b) Housing Information:
Conduct a series of neighborhood clinics. Invite free speakers to
discuss tenants' rights, relocation benefits, rehabilitation programs,
home-buying techniques, financing, legal information, etc.