When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act (FHA) into law in 1968, he said the law held “the promises of a century.” Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Justice continue to serve as watchdogs for equal access to housing under the FHA.
If you thought the Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing and prohibit discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex and the presence of children, you’d be right. But did you also know that the FHA protects people with disabilities as well?
To read Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta’s Remarks Commemorating 47th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, see: http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/acting-assistant-attorney-general-vanita-gupta-delivers-remarks-commemorating-47th
For more information about the Fair Housing Act see: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws/yourrights
For more information about disability discrimination in housing, see http://www.nationalfairhousing.org/