Office of Equal Opportunity Announces 2017 Fair Housing Student Poster and Essay Winners

In celebration of April being Fair Housing Month, the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity, the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County announce the winners of their annual poster and essay contest. This year’s theme recognized the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and was titled “Fair Housing: Making Dreams Come True.”

FairHousingMonthBannerThe goal is to raise public awareness of enactment of the federal Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, and gender, and to encourage fair housing opportunities for all citizens.

In addition, Palm Beach County’s Fair Housing Ordinance prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation, age, marital status and gender identity or expression. Here are this year’s winners:

Elementary School Poster Contest Winners:

First Place ($100 gift card):        Mateo Eaton,

Imagine Schools-Chancellor Campus

Second Place ($50 gift card):     Micah Boggs, homeschooled

Third Place ($25 gift card):         Lily Battles, H.L. Johnson Elementary

Middle School Poster Contest Winners:

(All from Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach)

First Place ($100 gift card):        Joseph A. Perez

Second Place ($50 gift card):     Alaysia Means

Third Place ($25 gift card):         Charlotte Oliver

Middle School Essay Winners:

First Place ($100 gift card):        Kate Deviney Bak Middle School of the Arts

Second Place ($50 gift card):     Nalini Persaud Lake Worth Middle

Third Place ($25 gift card):         Ryan Ullah Roosevelt Community Middle

Contest winners will receive prizes at a reception on April 19 at the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach. For more information, please visit