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.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fair Housing Month: Why April Is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month, and Fair Housing Blog by Fair Housing Helper is honoring the occasion by publishing a new post for each day of the month. Let's start this series with a few words on what Fair Housing Month is all about, and why it's April.

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) became law in April 1968, as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (CRA). President Johnson made it official on April 11, one week after the assassination of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for equality in housing.

The FHA was considered landmark legislation, prohibiting many types of discriminatory acts regarding the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, religion, and national origin. The FHA has since been amended to add sex, disability, and familial status to the list of protected classes, as well as to strengthen the law's enforcement mechanism.

Since 1968, April has come to be regarded as a time to remember the FHA and reflect on the rights it gives citizens. Presidents of the United States and governors have issued proclamations over the years declaring April to be "Fair Housing Month." In addition, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which has primary authority for enforcing the FHA, as well as several housing advocacy groups, professional real estate organizations, and schools have sponsored events and poster and essay contests, and have launched awareness campaigns during April to commemorate the historical passage of this major legislation and increase the public's understanding of its many protections.

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


Jonathan Saar said...

Thanks for featuring this month. I appreciate your posts and have them syndicated to one of my FB pages. Good information

Ron Leshnower said...

Thanks for your comment, Jonathan. I appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

I am the new Director of a local public housing agency and we are really putting the information out there for our residents to be informed of their rights.

This is really good information! I will keep checking in!