April is Fair Housing Month

April 3, 2015 | by Katie Claflin

Categories: Affordable Housing, Fair Housing, Lending, Rental Housing

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, 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.

Click here to learn more about the Fair Housing Act and the struggle for fair housing in America.

Fair Housing Informational Webinars

In honor of Fair Housing Month, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is hosting a series of webinars designed to help housing professionals and other participants improve their knowledge of fair housing requirements. 

April 7, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Fair Housing Overview:  Presented by the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division. 
Learn the basics about Fair Housing in Texas and apply what you learned in a review of case scenarios. 
To register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1516049877635898881

April 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m.  
The Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division's Investigative Role:  Presented by the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division. 
Learn the basics about how TWC investigates Fair Housing Complaints
To register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/924205858148399361

April 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Reasonable Accommodations:  Presented by Sandra Tamez from the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio with additional commentary by Kelli Howard and Nelson Mock from Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. 
Learn the basics about the reasonable accommodation process:  What is a reasonable accommodation?  How should you respond? 
To register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2688246920589671682

Additional Information

To learn more about Fair Housing and what to do if you think your rights have been violated, check out the following resources:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Texas Workforce Commission- Civil Rights Division

*Photo Credit: "Lbjsigningbill" by Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lbjsigningbill.jpg

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