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.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fair Housing Month: Watch HUD's Fair Housing Month Video

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has produced a Fair Housing Month video for 2010. You can watch the video or download a transcript of the video's text as a Word document, courtesy of HUD.gov.

The five-minute video reflects HUD's theme for this year's Fair Housing Month, "Time to Act," and features John Trasviña, the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, addressing the American public about the current state of fair housing compliance and enforcement efforts.

Forty-two years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Mr. Trasviña says that "the fight to end housing discrimination continues," noting that his office as well as state and local partners receive over 10,000 fair housing complaints each year.

"We have a great deal of work to do," he concludes, including making sure that people across the United States "know their rights and responsibilities."

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

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