Private Property Week, which coincides with Fair Housing Month, is being celebrated in the Southland today through Saturday with activities planned by various real estate boards.
The annual observation was designated by the National Assn. of Realtors to focus on increasing the public's awareness of the right to use, own or transfer private property, which usually means a home.
In recognition of the week, the Newport Harbor-Costa Mesa board will spend Wednesday painting, repairing and landscaping the Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter for the Homeless in Costa Mesa.
On Thursday, the Beverly Hills board will announce winners of an essay contest on "How Becoming a Homeonwer Can Give Me a Voice in America's Future," open to 11th- and 12th-grade students at Beverly Hills High School. On June 11, the first-place winner will receive a $300 savings bond, and second-place winner, a $200 savings bond.