April 27, 2018

50 Years of Enforcing the Fair Housing Act

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Photo: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Ongoing segregation in America, regular reports of sexual harassment in housing, newly-constructed properties inaccessible to people with disabilities – these are just some examples that underscore that we have not yet vanquished housing discrimination. We can, however, look back on 50 years of enforcement to determine how we may make the progress that has eluded us. Continue reading

April 20, 2018

Undesign the Redline

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It was a mix of personal and professional experiences that brought together three passionate artists to create the Undesign the Redline exhibit. Designed to address the transformation of place, race, and class, this exhibit curates a past-to-present journey, grounding discussions about race, wealth, opportunity and power.  Design practitioners, April De Simone, Sabrina Dorsainvil, and Branden Crooks wanted to provoke thought, questions, and dialogue around the policies, practices, and investments shaping the socio-spatial landscape of America. In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, HUD will host this interactive exhibit at its Headquarters building throughout the month of May. Continue reading

April 12, 2018

Opening Doors: Fair Housing Means Housing Choice without Discrimination

Photo: Fair Housing "Opening Doors" exhibit at HUD headquarters.

This month, HUD celebrates the 50-year legacy of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark legislation that was signed into law on April 11, 1968, and has helped open doors for millions of Americans. . We know the key to one’s home unlocks not just a door, but also provides a family access to a community, its schools, social networks, and jobs. As Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer noted in a recent opinion, “The housing market is interconnected with economic and social life.” Continue reading