Fair Housing Program
On April 11, 1968, seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. The Act states “It is the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States”, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion and national origin.
Watch the complete video of NAR 360 at the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo here. Featuring 2018 NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, 2018 Immediate Past President Bill Brown, NAR CEO Bob Goldberg, and other members of the Leadership Team. This presentation took place on May 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, joined thousands of members of the National Association of REALTORS® at a general session today during the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
This video explains the importance of being informed and taking action to expand protections to groups not currently covered by the Fair Housing Act.
Fair housing is more than just anti-discrimination. It is critical that our society provide opportunities for all people to achieve wellbeing and reach their potential. Differences in access to health care, healthy food, and a clean environment have provided barriers that have disproportionately affected people of color and the poor.
Here are some things you and your REALTOR® association can do to recognize Fair Housing Month:
- Sponsor a local Fair Housing Month poster contest. Afterward, make association calendars out of the artwork.
- Publish the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office and/or association.
- Use the Fair Housing Proclamation and have your local government proclaim April as Fair Housing Month.
- Display the 2017 Fair Housing Focus Poster in your office and/or association.