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Release: Sept. 22, 1999

Homelessness, fair housing, issues for public discussion Oct. 4 at UI Law School

IOWA CITY — Traditionally, law schools, colleges and universities nationwide celebrate the first Monday in October with programs to honor persons working to promote social justice and civil liberties. On Monday, Oct. 4 the University of Iowa College of Law will hold a public discussion on homelessness and fair housing from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fourth floor student lounge at the Boyd Law Building.

Iowa City City Councilor Karen Kubby and Nancy Stensvaag, of Habitat for Humanity, Iowa City Chapter, are among the guests scheduled to join the social issues discussion, says Lois Cox, law professor and an organizer of this year's event.

Homelessness and fair housing aren't solely urban issues, Cox says.

"Locally, there is a largely unseen homeless population. Iowans also have problems with housing discrimination and access to housing appropriate for their families. Most of us enjoy our comfortable homes. This is an opportunity to reflect that not everyone has that luxury and to discuss what we can do about it," Cox says.

First Monday, so-named to coincide with the day the U.S. Supreme Court Justices return to the bench following summer recess, is a program of the Alliance for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based association of civil rights, environmental, women's, children's, mental health and consumer advocacy organizations.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Law at 335-9060.