8 simple actions you can take to recognize Fair Housing month

April is Fair Housing month! It’s been 51 years since the Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968. Fair housing remains a critically important issue in communities nationwide, with racial disparities and discrimination against LGBTQ+ communities and people with disabilities a major and persistent issue preventing families from fairly accessing housing.

Fair housing is important issue all year long, and this month is an opportunity to:

  1. Learn more about the history of the Fair Housing Act.
  2. Understand your rights with information from HUD and videos, flyers, and brochures from the Fair Housing Resource Center.
  3. Explore ways in which state laws may interfere with Fair Housing using this tool from the National Fair Housing Alliance.
  4. Dig into discriminatory practices illuminated by the Mapping Prejudice Project.
  5. Follow a proposed Minnesota law addressing racist deeds.
  6. Engage with events by following the Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed Facebook page.
  7. Learn about a Fair Housing Class Action fought for by tenants displaced from the complex formerly known as Crossroads at Penn in Richfield.
  8. Read a statement from Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) referencing recent threats to the Fair Housing Act by the Trump Administration, including suspension of the enforcement of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.