In April 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act as a part of the Civil Rights Act, protecting homebuyers and their right to purchase property regardless of class, race, sex, religion, disability, national origin or family plan. The monumental piece of legislation came after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader and a known advocate for equal housing.
Every April, homebuilders, Realtors, marketers and homebuyers come together to celebrate Fair Housing Month and ensure homeownership continues to be an obtainable, guaranteed right.
While many believe discrimination is a relic of the past, it is still present in today’s market. Annually, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) carries the banner for fair housing and homebuyers who still face difficulties when purchasing a home. On average, more than 10,000 housing discrimination complaints are filed each year, making the message of Fair Housing Month more critical than ever.
This year, the HUD is celebrating the rich history of the Fair Housing Act by declaring April’s theme to be Fair Housing: More Than Just Words. On April 5, 2022, at 2 p.m., everyone is invited to tune in to the 54th Annual Fair Housing Month Ceremony to commemorate the impact of the landmark civil rights legislation. The webcast features a stimulating table talk conversation and showcases the efforts HUD will make during April to continue the fight against discrimination.
Here are a few ways to celebrate Fair Housing Month and continue the fight to make the American dream of homeownership a reality for everyone:
- Learn the history of Fair Housing Month by watching documentaries, diving into historic accounts, and becoming familiar with the celebrated legislation.
- Attend talks such as the HUD webcast, join rallies and speak against housing discrimination within your community. Arrange a local seminar to share the history of Fair Housing Month and the 1968 legislation to spread awareness.
- Welcome new residents of all backgrounds into your neighborhood with open arms! Relocating is a huge undertaking, and with it, comes many stresses and fears. Regardless of race, background or color, make your new neighbor feel welcome and safe in their new home.
For more information about Fair Housing Month and how HUD advocates and promotes fair housing in the United States, visit www.HUD.gov/FairHousing.