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April is Fair Housing Month!

Celebrating more than 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which contains Title VIII also known as the Fair Housing Act.

In commemoration of this historic legislation, HUD has again proclaimed April 2019 as Fair Housing Month and encourages everyone to get involved and help open the doors of opportunity in their own communities. “We know the key to one’s home unlocks not just a door, but also provides a family access to a community, its schools, social networks, and jobs.

HUD’s “Opening Doors” art installation, by Arkansas artist V.L. Cox, illustrated the promise of the Fair Housing Act using seven weathered monochrome wooden doors, unhinged and freestanding and each representing the seven protected classes covered by the Fair Housing Act. See more about the “Opening Doors” exhibit and the 50th anniversary celebration of Fair Housing on HUD’s website at https://www.hud.gov/fairhousingis50. Also find HUD Fair Housing Month promotional materials here.  We will also post information and other helpful links, as they become available, on this page.

HUD Fair Housing Door Exhibit

 

In your own communities, the State CDBG Program encourages local recognition of Fair Housing Month in April. We encourage everyone to take time to focus on fair housing issues and to consider meaningful actions that can be taken to help open the doors of opportunity locally.  And we ask all current CDBG recipients to plan activities to carry out your community’s Fair Housing obligations this month.

SC CDBG & Fair Housing

The State of South Carolina undertakes fair housing planning at the state level and must certify each year that it will affirmatively further fair housing. Local governments, as a condition of receiving CDBG funds, must also certify to the State and to HUD that they will take proactive steps to affirmatively further fair housing. CDBG recipients do this by developing a fair housing plan and undertaking fair housing actions during each grant period.

Fair Housing Resources

A picture is worth a thousand words!  Find lots of professionally designed posters and other printable materials that help promote and educate about Fair Housing on HUD FHEO website (promotional materials webpage), the Fair Housing Resource Center by HUD's often funded partner in Fair Housing outreach, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), and SC's website dedicated to Fair Housing resources and information,  fairhousingSC.com. And even with the 50th anniversary over, there is still lots of information on HUD's Fair Housing is 50 webpage and the NFHA's Fair Housing Act at 50 campaign site.

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