April is Fair Housing Month

Fair Housing Month

Every April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) commemorates the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act by marking it as Fair Housing Month. The landmark law, which was passed following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and family status.

This year’s theme is “Fair Housing is Your Right: Use It!” All month, HUD will shine a spotlight on the persistent problem that still exists with individuals and families facing blatant and obvious forms of housing discrimination.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan kicked off this year’s commemoration at an event featuring the film “A Matter of Place,” which follows three personal stories of housing discrimination in New York City. Underwritten by a grant provided under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiative Program, the film examines three cases of housing discrimination based on race, sexual orientation and source of income and features commentary from legal experts, civil rights advocates and fair housing testers.

“This month is an opportunity to recommit to the principle that fair housing is an essential part of everything we do; every grant we make; every building we build and every community we work with,” Donovan said. “And we will go to the mat in order to ensure the right of every American to fair housing. Although the times have changes – our commitment to this work remains as strong as ever. It is at the core of our mission.”

“Fair Housing Month is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on just how far we’ve come to make our housing more equitable and how far we still have to go to end housing discrimination,” HUD Acting FHEO Assistant Secretary Bryan Greene said. “Fair housing is about giving people the opportunity to pursue their dreams and whenever this opportunity is denied, not only do families lose, our entire nation loses.”

Every year, HUD and communities and organizations throughout the country celebrate Fair Housing Month by hosting activities that enhance the public’s awareness of their fair housing rights and promote the nation’s commitment to end housing discrimination.

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