This year marks the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation that became law on April 11, 1968. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicked off Fair Housing Month 2017 at its national headquarters. This year’s theme is Fair Housing Equals Opportunity, highlighting equality in housing as a foundation upon which aspirations can be achieved and affirming the Fair Housing Act’s ongoing role in confronting housing discrimination. Through an array of enforcement activities, fair housing policy initiatives, and education and outreach efforts, HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity continues to take action against individuals and housing providers that discriminate. Last year, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies received more than 8,000 complaints alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.
Throughout the month, HUD and its state and local fair housing partners will organize local fair housing month celebrations, seminars, and public education events that promote the ideals of fair housing. Locally, the King County Office of Civil Rights offers Fair Housing Workshops for Housing Providers. The 2017 training schedule can be found here.