Fair Housing Program
The Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015 opened homeownership options to the LGBT community that were previously available only to married heterosexual couples.
The landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawed discrimination against people looking to buy or rent a home based on their race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin—and the Supreme Court has ruled more recently that illegal housing discrimination can occur even without intent.
While a house with a well-maintained stairway and attractive front door may offer terrific curb appeal, it may present difficulties to those with mobility challenges. And once inside a home, other obstacles may present themselves.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities. Title I of the law affects real estate offices and Association offices if they have the threshold number of employees. Title III affects Association offices, real estate offices, and commercial facilities.
Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education.
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.