Although most people think it’s common sense, by law there are certain factors about a person which cannot be used in determining their eligibility for housing and other residential-related services. In this week’s blog, you will find a compilation of information and resources you can use to beef up your knowledge about fair-housing practices, whether you are in the property management field, or are looking to know your rights within the industry.
Firstly, what is Fair Housing?: Originally, the term fair housing came from a political movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s to outlaw discrimination in the rental or purchase of homes and a broad range of other housing-related transactions, such as advertising, mortgage lending, homeowner’s insurance, and zoning. During the 1960’s, at the urging of President Johnson, Congress passed the federal Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968).
The primary purpose of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 is to protect the dwelling seeker from landlord discrimination. The goal is a housing market in which a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status does not arbitrarily restrict access to housing. Everyone should have equal access to housing opportunities.
After a thorough search, I have found that the following links regarding Fair Housing are very helpful in understanding more about this subject:
1. http://www.housinglink.org/HousingResources/FairHousing.aspx– Equal Access to Housing For All People
2. hud.gov/offices/fheo/ -The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
3. http://www.housinglink.org/Files/Fair%20Housing%20Flyer.pdf-Fair Housing Education
Renoir Staffing, LLC. is committed to complying with equal housing rights.
Connie White, Recruiter