Andrea Brooks honored today with San Francisco 2011 Fair Housing Award

The San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) is pleased to announce that Andrea Brooks is the recipient of the Commission’s 2011 Fair Housing Award. The award which is given annually in the month of April as part of Fair Housing Month recognizes an individual for their outstanding contributions toward promoting and furthering fair housing in the City and County of San Francisco .

Andrea Brooks is the Director of Education and Client Advocacy at Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS), where she tirelessly advocates for San Francisco residents who need a service or companion animal to live independently. PAWS provides comprehensive assistance to low-income persons challenged with disabilities due to complications associated with HIV/AIDS, as well as other disabling illnesses and for senior citizens who need companion animals.

Ms. Brooks has dedicated the last thirteen years to working in the non-profit field, joining the PAWS staff in 2003. A life-long animal lover and activist, she found her niche at PAWS, where she could advocate for disabled and low-income individuals as well as tout the benefits of the human-animal bond. In addition to her work at PAWS, Andrea volunteers as a foster mom for Muttville, an organization that rescues senior dogs. She is also the current Vice Chair for the Animal Control and Welfare Commission of San Francisco.

The HRC is very proud to acknowledge the outstanding public service that both Ms. Brooks and PAWS continue to do on behalf of the City’s disabled community and for the invaluable assistance they provide the HRC in processing the numerous requests for companion animal received every year.

Ms. Brooks will be presented with the award at the Commission’s Regular Meeting at 4:30 on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at San Francisco City Hall, Room 416.

The Human Rights Commission works to provide leadership and advocacy to secure, protect and promote human rights for all people. The Human Rights Commission was established in 1964 by City Ordinance and became a Charter Commission in 1990.

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