April 1, 2013

It’s All About Fighting Housing Discrimination: April is Fair Housing Month

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Just when you might think or hope that housing discrimination is a thing of the past, we’re reminded it’s still very much a part of society today.  Consider the case of a single mother of two hoping to rent a two-bedroom apartment only to be told by the landlord that there is a “one heart beat per room rule.”  Or the deaf or hard-of-hearing individual who tried to rent an apartment only to be informed that persons like you “belong in a nursing home.”  Shocking, yet true!

April is Fair Housing Month—a time for HUD (and all of us) to cast a spotlight on a persistent problem that exists in this country as individuals and families continue to face both blatant and subtle forms of housing discrimination.  During this month, HUD will use social and traditional media to inform the public about housing discrimination, helping to inform people about what it is and what to do if it happens to you.  This year’s Fair Housing Month theme:  “Our Work Today Defines Our Tomorrow.”

On April 11, 1968 President Johnson signed the landmark Fair Housing Act into law prohibiting discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.

Be sure to check out the up close and personal stories from people about their experiences with housing discrimination and how they got help.  If you feel like you’ve been a victim of discrimination, there are a number of ways to file a complaint.  You call 1-800-669-9777, contact a local fair housing agency, or visit www.HUD.gov/fairhousing, or the mobile adaptive pages in English and Spanish.  Oh, and there’s a app for that too!

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