HUD Seeks to Educate Public on Fair Housing

April 3, 2015

April marks Fair Housing Month and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development is signifying the event by launching a national media campaign that sets out to help the public recognize housing discrimination and teach them what to do if their housing rights are ever violated. The campaign coincides with the 47th anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

"Every American deserves a fair chance to secure safe and stable housing," says HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "At the core of everything we do to improve housing opportunities is a firm belief that no family should ever be denied the opportunity to own or rent a home because of what they look like, where they come from, how they get around, how they speak, who they love and other circumstances of life. HUD’s fair housing efforts level the playing field so that folks have a solid foundation upon which they can achieve their dreams and build for the future."

The new campaign includes print and digital PSAs in various languages, training presentations, webinars, brochures, online videos, as well as social media outreach. This year it also addresses the hurdles families can sometimes encounter when purchasing a home in English and Spanish as well as the types of discrimination veterans sometimes face.

Last year, HUD and fair housing agencies fielded 8,468 complaints that alleged discrimination on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, gender, family status, and disability. The categories that had the highest number of complaints were disability and race, according to HUD.

"It’s very important that we continuously teach housing consumers about their rights through a variety of media channels so they will be better prepared to both recognize discrimination when it occurs and know where to go for help," says Shanna L. Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, HUD’s partner in the campaign’s creation. "Discrimination in housing-related transactions can be very subtle, so it’s important for home seekers to be on the alert."

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Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development