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, January 17, 2011

MLK Played a Unique Role in Fair Housing History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is observed in the United States today, played a key role in the passage of housing discrimination laws both during his lifetime and posthumously.

As a civil rights leader promoting racial equality, Dr. King led open housing marches to protest segregation. His assassination in 1968 put the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on the fast track to passage, with President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the landmark piece of civil rights legislation into law just one week later.

Read a brief account of the history of fair housing, spotlighting Dr. King's role, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the primary federal agency charged with enforcing the FHA today.

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