April was Fair Housing Month, a recognition by the National Association of Realtors of the Fair Housing Act, which passed in April 1968. The FHA protects people from housing discrimination related to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. We take time each year to recommit ourselves to the expansion of housing fairness throughout our neighborhoods and beyond.
Why Fair Housing Month matters
The fact is, those who aren’t directly affected by housing discrimination may not understand how deep its roots lie in American towns and cities. For example, research shows that people of color are given fewer and less attractive choices when home shopping. In addition, when the only difference between two mortgage applicants is the color of their skin, the non-white applicant is generally offered a poorer-quality mortgage.
Take the time to build an understanding of our past, learn about our current efforts to dismantle our biased housing systems, and develop a vision for a fairer future. In words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Read a blog (or two)
Liz wrote a powerful blog on the history of housing discrimination; read her words here.
Rebecca updated our original blog on real estate love letters to reflect our commitment to fair housing needs.
Watch a video
This 17-minute piece by the team that published Segregated by Design, a powerful examination of the consciously-created laws and systems that have kept our country segregated.
Read a book
This list has a selection of well-researched and highly recommended books about residential housing discrimination and urban poverty.
Listen to a podcast
If you have a question about Fair Housing, a suggestion to add to our list above, or need help finding resources, please reach out. And most important of all: If you suspect that you’re a victim of housing discrimination, this article will guide you through your options.