The JP UP Date: NFHA Month -🙌 Responsibility with AI

Amy JungThe JP UP date



Number 271                      April 26, 2024                            St. Louis


April is National Fair Housing Month!!


Photo courtesy of National Fair Housing Month


Honoring Fair Housing Trailblazers: Celebrating Progress, Pledging for More

As we approach the end of April, we are reminded of those who have worked tirelessly to pave the way towards fair housing. From the inception of the National Fair Housing Act of 1968 to the ongoing mission of building inclusive communities, each step, each voice, and each action has contributed to the progress we stand upon today.

Building inclusive communities requires empathy, understanding, and the willingness to confront systemic barriers. The contributions of trailblazers, past and present, have paved the way for this journey. Let us honor their legacy by reaffirming our commitment to creating a world where everyone has a place to call home.

Together, we can carry the torch of justice, equality, and inclusion with unwavering resolve. Let us never lose sight of the profound truth that a future where fair housing is not just a dream but a reality for all is possible.

It’s the Final Week of NFHA!
We take a look at being responsible with AI

Photo courtesy of National Fair Housing Alliance


Advancing Civil Rights in the Digital Age: NFHA’s Journey in Responsible AI for Housing Equity

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) was established to combat discriminatory automated systems in housing and financial services. As technology continues to play an increasingly important role in civil rights, NFHA launched its Responsible AI Lab, led by Dr. Michael Akinwumi, to address this critical issue. The lab is dedicated to exploring five key pillars: Tech Equity, Privacy, Explainability, Reliability, and Controllability. Through research and advocacy, NFHA has been able to contribute to various initiatives that help promote responsible AI use in housing, such as the White House’s AI Bill of Rights and the development of auditing frameworks.

Since the launch of its Responsible AI work, NFHA has been actively involved in creating technical and policy solutions that can help advance responsible technology use in housing. The organization has initiated several notable initiatives, including the White House’s AI Bill of Rights, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Risk Management Framework, and the development of a state-of-the-art framework for auditing algorithmic systems. Through these efforts, NFHA continues to champion equitable access to housing and combat discrimination in automated systems.

In conclusion, NFHA’s Responsible AI Lab is a vital resource for those looking to combat discrimination in automated systems and promote responsible AI use in the housing sector. Its commitment to exploring key pillars such as tech equity and privacy, combined with its advocacy and research, has helped to create technical and policy solutions that are making a difference in the fight against discrimination.

To read more, go to the Responsible AI Lab through



Early Giving for Give STL Day Has Begun! 

Justine PETERSEN is a community-focused organization that takes pride in making a difference. They understand that community isn’t just a word, it’s a heartbeat that drives their initiatives and inspires smiles along the way. Justine PETERSEN’s education empowerment is awe-inspiring, with its ability to ignite all minds and shape bright futures through workshops and resource provision.

Join us on this wonderful day of giving and be part of the team spreading love and building a better tomorrow, one action at a time. Make sure you seize this opportunity to donate to your preferred nonprofit a few days ahead of time! Every $50 goes to enhancing our credit-building program, which enriches our community.

Click here to start donating today!



Rochelle Bea: Champion of Early Childhood Education, Honored in St. Louis!

Photo courtesy of Early Educators Appreciation Event St. Louis  

It is with great honor that we announce the nomination of Rochelle Bea, Program Director of Beginning Futures Learning Center, as an Early Childhood Education Champion for the 2024 Early Educators Appreciation Event in St. Louis. Her colleagues, particularly Lisa Scheer, Director of Baden Christian Child Care Center, have recognized Rochelle for her unwavering dedication to creating safe and nurturing environments for children and families. She has extended her support beyond her own center to assist other educators and providers in the community. Rochelle invests her time, energy, expertise, and love into others in the field of early childhood education and is known for her commitment to mentoring and providing emotional support during challenging times. Her colleagues celebrate her achievements and praise her for going above and beyond to support them.

To read more and see more nominations, please visit Early Educators Appreciation Event St. Louis.



Microloan Microphone with Tristan Brown!
Where empowerment echoes through every conversation.

Join host Tristan Brown as he delves into the transformative power of microloans, amplifying the voices of individuals who have utilized these funds to kickstart or propel their small businesses forward. Through enlightening discussions, we explore how these modest yet mighty financial tools fuel dreams, foster innovation, and empower entrepreneurs to seize opportunities and carve their paths to success. Tune in as we unravel inspiring stories of resilience, creativity, and triumph, showcasing the profound impact that microloans wield in fostering economic empowerment and fostering vibrant communities worldwide.

New episodes will be uploaded every other week. Check out the current episodes at @JustinePetersen on YouTube!



Our Choice Microenterprise Microloan Program is Here for You!

Exciting news for small businesses! Our Choice Neighborhood Microenterprise Microloan Program is here to empower small businesses and turn visions into reality!  If you’re a budding entrepreneur looking for financial support, look no further. Let’s build a thriving community together! Apply now and let your dreams take flight.

Click here to begin the application!