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Secretary Carson, HUD Commemorates 50 Years Of The Fair Housing Act, Fair Housing Month

April 3rd, 2018



Nearly 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and fair housing became law,” said the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a release to the Daily Business News.


In signing the landmark measure, President Johnson declared, “Now, with this bill, the voice of justice speaks again. It proclaims that Fair Housing for all, all human beings who live in this country, is now part of the American way of life.”


April is Fair Housing Month and on April 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will mark 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act in a ceremony in Washington, DC,” per their release. “HUD Secretary Ben Carson said that a half a century later, the Fair Housing Act remains a centerpiece of the work HUD is doing to ensure fair, inclusive housing, free from discrimination for all Americans.”


It was a seminal moment in our country’s history when the ideals of equality and fairness were embodied in a law that continues to shape our communities and our neighborhoods 50 years later. But the promises of the Fair Housing Act require our constant vigilance to confront housing discrimination in all its forms and to advance fairness on behalf of those seeking their American dream,” Carson said.

Carson recently spoke highly about manufactured homes, during a Senate oversight hearing.  An exclusive report with video on that topic is linked below.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Senator Thom Tillis Discuss Affordable Housing and Manufactured Homes, Video

Co-sponsored by Senators Edward Brooke (R-MA) and Walter Mondale (D-MN), the Fair Housing Act sought to end residential segregation and ensure all Americans had access to safe and decent housing.  MHProNews spotlighted the racial tensions that were part of the backdrop to the landmark legislation.

Housing, Jobs, Poverty, Opportunity – Kerner Commission Remix, HUD and Manufactured Homes

The Act originally prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on color, race, national origin and religion. Later, the Act was amended to prohibit discrimination based on sex, disability, and familial status.

Last year alone, HUD and its partner agencies received more than 8,000 complaints alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes.  Unfortunately, some of those cases involved manufactured housing. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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