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Posts in category Fair Housing

Why the Demand for Accessible Housing is About to Skyrocket

September 22, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
By 2035, the number of households that include someone with a disability will increase by 76% according to a report from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Subsequently, the demand for affordable, accessible housing will be far beyond what current supply can meet.

What You Should Know About Fair Housing

April 14, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
April is Fair Housing Month as it commemorates the passage of the Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968. The historic piece of legislation expanded on previous laws to prohibit housing discrimination based on race, religion, national origian, and (as amended) disability and family status.

Reevaluating Rental Policies for Tenants with Criminal Histories

April 8, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
Stories this week by NPR and the Wall Street Journal highlight two individuals, including Benigno Herrera of Austin, who have struggled to find rental housing because of criminal convictions that occurred decades ago. According to the National Employment Law Project, approximately 65 million Americans have criminal records. Individuals with criminal records are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, meaning landlords may refuse to rent to someone because of their criminal past.

April is Fair Housing Month

April 3, 2015 | by Katie Claflin
On April 11, 1968 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968—otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act. This historic legislation expanded on previous laws to prohibit housing discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sex, and (as amended) handicap and family status. To commemorate the passing of the Fair Housing Act, the month of April has been designated as Fair Housing Month.