April kicks off Fair Housing Month. More than Just Words, this year’s theme underscores the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment and progress toward advancing equal housing opportunities. Each April, housing leaders nationwide gather and celebrate the fight for equity in housing enforcement efforts, enhance public awareness of fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of creating diverse and inclusive communities.
HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge says The Fair Housing Act recognizes that “where we live impacts nearly every part of our lives. Also, Fair Housing Month is a time to recommit to our mission to promote fairness, inclusion, and justice in housing. [April] and every month, we are doing everything in our power to ensure every person has a fair shot at the American dream.”
In addition, Fudge will commemorate Fair Housing Month with a virtual celebration on April 5th, 2022. You can register here if you are interested in attending this year’s virtual event. You can find a full list of Fair Housing Events for the month of April here. Also, HUD is using Fair Housing Month to renew its commitment to end housing discrimination. Last year, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development received more than 8,500 claims of discrimination.
April is Fair Housing Month: What is Discrimination?
There are many examples of discrimination in the housing industry. For example, there are many forms of discrimination according to HUD. Race, Sex, Color, Religion, Disability, Family Status, and National Origin can all be forms of bias or discrimination. These are also known as the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes. Anyone who feels they are a victim of discrimination can report it here.
Finally, we invite you to join Navigate all April, we will be putting your Fair Housing Knowledge to the test. You don’t want to miss our Tuesday Tip Series.