Rose Mayes has more than thirty years of service and experience in civil rights and community activism. Her services to her community encompass grassroots activism at the local, state and federal levels.
Rose Mayes has been the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. since 1993.
Rose has always had passion and commitment for promoting fair opportunities for all persons regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. Under her leadership, Fair Housing Council has been the recipient of numerous grants, honorable recognitions and it has increased its staff from six to as many as eighteen. With her ambitious and insightful guidance and stewardship, it has expanded programs and services in the communities it serves.
She has devoted her life to empowering people, staying involved in the community and promoting intellectual development and diversity. For those who know her, she is a dynamic force within her community. She is renowned for her high energy level. She is a model of patience and she has an untiring passion for accomplishing things. Over the years she has been sought after and appointed to serve on many of the City of Riverside Boards and Commissions and other community boards.
Rose is a graduate of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership Program and the United Way of the Inland Valleys Blueprint for Diversity Program. She was named Riverside’s Citizen of the Year in 2010. She was awarded the Athena Award for excellence in her profession in 2008. She has been recognized by California State Senator Richard Roth and California State Assemblyman Jose Medina as Woman of the Year in their respective districts. She was also honored by Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey at his State of the City address in January 2018.
Rose was honored nationally by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Fair Housing Council of Riverside of County’s flagship Foreclosure Prevention Program. She was a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in community service. Bank of America recognized her by presenting her with their Community Excellence Award in 2008.
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally-assisted housing.
Learn about the History of the Fair Housing Act, and read Examples of the many forms of housing discrimination.