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​Fair Housing Makes Us Stronger: Commemorating 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act

April is Fair Housing Month, and this year also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968).

The Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968—one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4. This law was intended to protect homebuyers and renters from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, or disability.

On February 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule that prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status in regard to housing programs assisted by HUD or subject to a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

Fair Housing means that all people have equal access to housing of their choice, which they can afford. The Fair Housing Act ensures equal access to:

  • Apartment and home rentals
  • Mortgage lending
  • Real Estate sales
  • Homeowners insurance

Fair Housing in Kentucky
Fair Housing laws ensure that all individuals and families have the same opportunities for safe, affordable housing. Having a safe, stable, quality home is a fundamental human need. A home provides the foundation for other successful outcomes—to get a better education, live healthier, and have access to better jobs. Where a person lives affects their social and cultural norms, as well as their livelihood.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
                                                      ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are still significant strides in fair housing practices to be made before all presence of discrimination is eliminated in the housing markets.

Affordable housing makes us stronger; it opens doors. Together we can affirm and improve our commitment to fair housing.

The Lexington Fair Housing Council (LFHC) has planned several events around the state of Kentucky to honor April as National Fair Housing Month. Attend trainings and learn how to become involved in your community.

Fair Housing Events

  • Fair Housing Training - Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3 and 4, 2018
  • Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Policy Training - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Fair Housing Act Turns 50: Are We There Yet? - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Fair Housing Celebration at the Carrick House - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Revitalization vs. Gentrification Discussion - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Free Fair Housing Luncheon and Training - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Kentucky Fair Housing Conference - Thursday, April 26, 2018

For detailed information on each fair housing event, please visit LFHC's website. KHC employees are encouraged to attend these events, if they have received supervisory approval for registration.