Fair Housing vs. Unfair Housing

Do you know the difference?

Knowing the difference between fair housing and unfair housing isn't as obvious as you might think. This blog aims to present a variety of important and interesting fair housing issues.

If you're an apartment professional, avoid costly mistakes by reading the stories of others who — even with good intentions — learned compliance lessons the hard way. (For the easy way, click here.)

If you live in an apartment, get familiar with your rights when it comes to housing discrimination, as well as your options for seeking justice.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fair Housing Month: 42 Years Ago Today

It was 42 years ago today when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 into law. Title VIII, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act (FHA), has since enjoyed the distinction of being the primary vehicle through which to seek redress for harm suffered as a result of housing discrimination violations across the United States.

Decades later, it can feel easy to take the FHA and its discrimination bans for granted. But the FHA went on the books at the peak of a turbulent period in American history, and the path toward adopting comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation in the housing arena was a hard-fought battle that involved several generations.

Remember this historic day and its origins by taking a moment to read a "History of Fair Housing," courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Return tomorrow for the twelfth part of this special "Fair Housing Month" feature at Fairhousingblog.com.

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