Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

March 23, 2018 | by Laura Ross

Categories: Fair Housing

This April marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, which was signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11, 1968. The Fair Housing Act, also known as the Civil Rights Act of 1968, was historic legislation that expanded on previous laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and (as amended) disability and family status.

In commemoration of its passage, April was designated as Fair Housing Month.

Click here to learn more about the Fair Housing Act.

Fair Housing Informational Webinars

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, in coordination with the Texas Workforce Commission, will host a series of webinars in honor of Fair Housing Month to help housing professionals and other participants expand their fair housing knowledge.

April 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Fair Housing Overview:  Presented by TDHCA and the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division. 

Learn the basics about fair housing in Texas including protected classes, discriminatory practices, exemptions, and fair housing testing. Participants will have a chance to apply their knowledge in a review of case scenarios.

Click here to register. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1231859131382451970

April 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility: Presented by TDHCA and the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division

Learn the basics about the reasonable accommodation process. What is a reasonable accommodation? How should a property respond? This presentation will also include information on service and assistance animals.

Click here to register.  

2018 Fair Housing Summit

The City of Austin along with the University of Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host the 2018 Fair Housing Summit at the Austin Convention Center April 2-5, 2018. The Summit will celebrate the impact of the Fair Housing Act over the past 50 years, examine barriers to fair housing that still remain, and share best practices for furthering fair housing.

Click here for more information and to register. http://www.austinfairhousingsummit.com/attend.html  

Additional Information

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

What You Should Know About Fair Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- It’s Your Right

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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