April is Fair Housing month! It's been 51 years since the Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968. Fair housing remains a critically important issue in communities nationwide, with racial disparities and discrimination against LGBTQ+ communities and people with disabilities a major and persistent issue preventing families from fairly accessing housing.
Fair housing is important issue all year long, and this month is an opportunity to:
- Learn more about the history of the Fair Housing Act.
- Understand your rights with information from HUD and videos, flyers, and brochures from the Fair Housing Resource Center.
- Explore ways in which state laws may interfere with Fair Housing using this tool from the National Fair Housing Alliance.
- Dig into discriminatory practices illuminated by the Mapping Prejudice Project.
- Follow a proposed Minnesota law addressing racist deeds.
- Engage with events by following the Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed Facebook page.
- Learn about a Fair Housing Class Action fought for by tenants displaced from the complex formerly known as Crossroads at Penn in Richfield.
- Read a statement from Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) referencing recent threats to the Fair Housing Act by the Trump Administration, including suspension of the enforcement of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.