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Homes and Community Renewal

April is National Fair Housing Month

The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, was enacted on April 11, 1968. The final piece of civil rights legislation of the 1960s, the Fair Housing Act was designed to eradicate discriminatory practices in the sale and rental of residential housing that had resulted in pervasive segregation across the nation. The Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status (New York State protected classes also include age, marital status, military status, and sexual orientation).

National Fair Housing Month is an opportunity to recommit to the principle that fair housing is an essential part of everything we do. As we evaluate the progress we have made in providing more equitable housing for individuals and families, it is a time for the nation to renew its commitment to ensure the rights of all to fair housing and ending housing discrimination.

HCR's newly formed Fair and Equitable Housing Office (FEHO) is focused on the development of proactive approaches to removing regulatory barriers at the state level and affirmatively furthering fair housing.


Last Updated: 04/06/15