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2008 Media Releases

April 4, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Larry Williams, Commission on Human Rights, 441-7624
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Larry Williams, Director of the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR), and the Arter Group, a Lincoln development company, were honored at the 2008 Fair Housing Conference on March 26 in Lincoln. The conference, conducted by LCHR in partnership with the Realtors® Association of Lincoln and the Lincoln Housing Authority, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

Williams was honored with a special U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Award in recognition of contributions made to increasing awareness of fair housing issues and other accomplishments during the past year. He was praised for his “commendable 23-year career in civil rights, extraordinary leadership skills and creativity used to develop and sponsor six annual fair housing conferences under HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program.” Williams was presented the special award by HUD Regional Director Macie Houston.

Jim Arter, President of the Arter Group, accepted the 2008 Fair Housing Award on behalf of his organization. The award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in improving housing opportunities based on activities implemented, services performed or programs operated which demonstrate a commitment to fair housing.

The Arter Group (formerly Devco Investment Corp.) was recognized for its focus on downtown revitalization, affordable housing, concern for the elderly population and partnerships with Lincoln businesses and services. Arter has developed and/or constructed more than 1,000 units of affordable housing for families and the elderly in Nebraska and Kansas since 1970. Its first historic rehabilitation of an urban building was the former Capital Hotel, followed by CenterStone and Lincoln Station. In 1982, the firm converted the aging YMCA hotel into a condominium property, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

More information on the Human Rights Commission and the issue of fair housing is available on the City Web site at (keyword: rights).

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