U.S. Fair Housing Act Turns 50 Years Old in April 2018

U.S. Fair Housing Act 50th Anniversary

Tallahassee–As the nation celebrates National Fair Housing Month this April, the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) will be holding events across Florida commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Act. This year, the Fair Housing Month theme is “Fair Housing Equals Opportunity,” emphasizing the fact that equality in housing provides the foundation upon which aspirations can be achieved and productive lives can be built while reflecting on the continued relevance of the Fair Housing Act. 

The landmark legislation, which was signed into law on April 11, 1968, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, sex, (and as amended) disability or family status. Every April, people across the country are encouraged to learn more about their rights and responsibilities under the Act as a part of the National Fair Housing Month.

More than 8,000 people filed housing discrimination complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last year, most from persons with disabilities, according to an annual report released this month by HUD.  Race-based housing discrimination was the second most frequent reason individuals filed complaints.

The FCHR Housing Unit has many activities planned to celebrate Fair Housing Month in April 2018. Here are a few of the events at which the FCHR will be participating:

  • April 9-11: 2018 Palm Beach County Fair Housing Summit (West Palm Beach)
  • April 12-13: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Passage of the Fair Housing Act Fair Housing Workshops (Orlando)
  • April 13: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Passage of the Fair Housing Act Fair (West Palm Beach)
  • April 14: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Passage of the Fair Housing Act Fair (Jacksonville)
  • April 20: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Passage of the Fair Housing Act Fair (Tampa)
  • April 27: 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Passage of the Fair Housing Act Fair (Miami)

The Florida Commission on Human Relations, established in 1969 by the Florida Legislature, is the state agency charged with administering the Florida Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act. Fair treatment, equal access and mutual respect are the benchmarks of the Commission’s commitment. Through education and partnerships, the Commission works to prevent discrimination and costly litigation through teaching best business practices and fostering understanding amongst Floridians.

For more information, visit http://fchr.myflorida.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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