April 27, 2016

Your Right to Fair Housing: What Does Your Congregation Need to Know?

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Photo: Where you live is your choice. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Visit hud.gov/fairhousing or call the HUD hotline at 1-800-669-9777. Fair Housing is your right. Use it!

Every April, HUD celebrates “Fair Housing Month” to mark the passage of the Fair Housing Act. Signed into law in April 1968, the Fair Housing Act protects homebuyers and renters from discrimination in buying or renting a home and obtaining a mortgage. The law also enables those who feel their rights have been violated to file a complaint with HUD. As faith and community organizations seek to serve their constituents and work for social justice in their communities, the protections of the Fair Housing Act represent key tools to help individuals and families find a home without fear of discrimination along the way. Continue reading

April 6, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: Row of homes.

HUD’s housing scorecard provides a monthly snapshot of our nation’s housing market and how our initiatives are serving Americans. As we look back on March, we witnessed progress among key indicators including gains in U.S. home values, a rebound in new home sales, and a sharp gain in homeowner’s equity. As confidence in our nation’s economy improves, we must continue to support efforts that will allow more Americans to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Here’s a closer look back at some of our progress: Continue reading

Kicking Off Fair Housing Month with a Vision of Shared Opportunity for All

Photo: Fair Housing PSA. A zip code should not determine a child's future. Find out how at: hud.gov/fairhousing.

This April, HUD is celebrating Fair Housing Month 2016 with the launch of a new national media campaign that helps us picture what communities with shared opportunities for all might look like.

The new campaign comes as the nation celebrates the 48th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the landmark law that was passed one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although America’s communities are more diverse than ever, and blatant housing discrimination is increasingly a thing of the past, studies suggest that subtle housing discrimination continues to  affect the lives of families every day. Continue reading