The Fair Housing Five

A new book for children

Workshops at Alice Harte & McDonogh 32

It’s been another busy month with the Fair Housing Five.  First, at the end of November we did a workshop with first graders at Alice Harte Charter School where we read The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House and then designed maps of neighborhoods we would like to live in.

Then in December we partnered with Young Audiences to do a workshop with third graders at McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School.  We read The Fair Housing Five, and then talked about the meaning of the word “discrimination” and looked at different examples.  Then the students wrote their own examples and illustrated them.  We created our own book about discrimination!


"What is Discrimination" Book


Workshops at Alice Harte & Langston Hughes

October was a busy month for us.  First, we did a week-long workshop with eighth graders at Alice Harte Charter School.  Students played a game that demonstrated the difference between living in a community with access to resources (like schools, grocery stories, healthcare resources etc.) vs. living in a community without access to resources, and talked about how discrimination represents a barrier to housing choice for many families.  Then we did an urban planning exercise where students were given a budget and had to design communities where resources are distributed equitably.

Next, we partnered with teachers at Langston Hughes Academy to do a Halloween themed workshop with three first-grade classrooms.  Students read The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House and then made three-dimensional maps of the town where the book is set.  The workshop provided students and teachers with a real-life application of English Language Arts and Social Studies curricula.

To schedule a workshop at your school, click here.


Back to School with Samaria

We want to get The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House and our innovative social justice curricula into as many schools as possible.  Can you help?  Donate $30 or more before Halloween and we’ll send a copy of the hardcover book and curriculum guide to any school of your choice around the country, in your name.  Get started >

Summer Update

This summer was an exciting time for Samaria and her friends.  In July, GNOFHAC staff led a five day “Housing Choice Game” workshop at the Freret Neighborhood Center summer camp.  We were joined by staff from the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan who were interested in facilitating workshops with youth in their region.  The students at the Freret Center had so much fun that they’ve asked us to come back and lead a workshop in November!

Other exciting updates:

  • The paperback book is now available from Ingram and Baker & Taylor wholesale distributers!  That means your brick and mortar bookstore can order you a copy, and that schools and libraries can more easily access the book.
  • The hardcover book now comes in a durable case wrap style.  Also, a change in our publishing strategy has allowed us to reduce the price of the book to $24.95!

The Fair Housing Five at the American Library Association!

On Saturday, July 25th GNOFHAC staff and Audubon Charter School librarian Elaine Schlesinger presented The Fair Housing Five at the American Library Association Conference as part of the ALA’s annual Diversity & Outreach Fair.  GNOFHAC and Audubon Charter have been partnering on the Fair Housing Five project since 2010.  Over 10,000 librarians, publishers and other book industry professionals were in attendance.

Attention libraries, schools and bookstores!

The paperback version of “The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House” will soon be available via the wholesale distributors Ingram and Baker & Taylor.  We wanted to make the book more accessible to schools, libraries and brick-and-mortar bookstores.  Check back over the next few weeks for the official announcement!

The Fair Housing Five will be at the ALA Annual Conference!

We’re proud to announce that our presentation of “The Fair Housing Five” book and workshops in partnership with Audubon Charter School has been accepted into the Diversity and Outreach Fair at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.  We’ll be presenting at a poster session on June 25th.  More info at

Reading at the Sankofa Bookstore

Here are some pictures of Outreach Specialist Hannah Adams reading “The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House” to an attentive audience at the Sankofa Bookstore in Washington, DC.  The reading took place on Sunday, June 5th.  The thought questions at the end of the book helped GNOFHAC staff engage children in a conversation about justice and equity.

The Fair Housing Five is coming to DC!

Are you in the Washington, DC area?  Come (and bring your kids!) to our Fair Housing Five workshop at Sankofa Bookstore and Cafe on Sunday, June 5th at 3:00 PM.  We’ll do a reading of The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House and a creative project with the children in attendance.

Sankofa is located at 2714 Georgia Avenue Northwest (map)

Fair Housing Five goes to Arkansas!

Last week GNOFHAC staff Hannah Adams and Kate Scott traveled to the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission‘s annual fair housing conference in El Dorado to give a book talk on The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House. The fair housing advocates at the conference were very interested in the project.