April Mark’s 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ensuing riots across America. Title VIII of the 1968 Act, also known as the Fair Housing Act, protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and the presence of children.
Studies show that diversity helps broaden children’s social networks by creating opportunities for interaction across racial and ethnic lines. And that in turn contributes to greater tolerance, fair-mindedness and openness. Housing discrimination deters the creation of diverse communities.
Let us continue to work towards eliminating housing discrimination and create equal opportunity for everyone.
If you believe you may be a victim of housing discrimination contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 or hud.gov/fairhousing.
Visit HUD’s Fair Housing section of their website for more information.