Celebrating Fair Housing Month

April 2, 2021 | by Anna Orendain

Categories: Fair Housing

This year, April 11th will mark the fifty-third anniversary of when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act of 1968 into law.

This historic piece of legislation, formerly known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, expanded upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964, securing protections against housing discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, disability, and family status. The Fair Housing Act also protects Americans’ right to rent or buy a home, obtain a mortgage, and/or purchase home insurance.

In honor of the changes caused by this landmark legislation, we've collected the following resources and information to help our readers better understand this law and the rights it protects.

Information about Fair Housing 

Spreading Awareness about the Fair Housing Act

If you're interested in learning more about fair housing, you'll want to keep an eye on our On The House podcast series! Later this month, we'll be sitting down with Ellena Rodriguez at the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division to provide you information and answer frequently asked questions about the federal and Texas Fair Housing Acts.

Fair Housing Month Webinars

Throughout the month of April, the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs are offering a series of fair housing training webinars. All recordings, materials, and transcripts will be available on the TDHCA website after the trainings have ended. To register for these virtual events, please see the sessions below.

Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT.
This training is an in-depth review of reasonable accommodations and modifications, with guidance on how to process and fulfill requests. Register here.

Assistance Animals
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT
This training is an overview of HUD's new 2020 guidance on assistance animals. Register here.

Violence Against Women Act and Fair Housing
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT
This training is an overview of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and its Fair Housing implications. Register here.

Affirmative Marketing
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT
This training is an overview of Affirmative Marketing. It will also include step-by-step guidance on how to determine Least Likely to Apply Populations, as well as technical assistance on developing Affirmative Marketing Plans. Register here.

Limited English Proficiency and Language Access Plans
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT
This training is an in-depth review of Limited English Proficiency and technical guidance on how to identify LEP populations and how to develop a Language Access Plan. Register here.

On the House blog posts are meant to provide general information on various housing-related issues, research and programs. We are not liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the information provided by blog sources. Furthermore, this blog is not legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney.

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