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HUD Observes National Fair Housing Month To Commemorate 55th Anniversary Of The Fair Housing Act

HUD is committed to ending housing discrimination for all those who call America their home and increasing public awareness of the same.

April 3, 2023

Washington- Today marks the beginning of Fair Housing Month 2023, initiated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in honor of the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act. The theme for Fair Housing this month is, Choices for all Voices: Building an equitable future. The theme showcases the commitment of the Bidden-Harris administration to advance equity in housing, eliminate discrimination and protect fair housing rights for all who consider America as their home.

HUD’s Secretary, Marcia L. Fudge says, “This April, we commemorate the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights law that guarantees the right to housing of your choice, free from discrimination”. Despite the 55-year span since the passage of the Fair Housing Act, HUD’s unwavering dedication to combat housing discrimination persists. HUD is on a mission to provide equal opportunity to every person who considers America as their home irrespective of race, color, religion, origin, sex, disability, or family status.

Demetria L. McCain, Deputy Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity said, “On the 55th Anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act, we reflect on the efforts HUD has made to deliver on the promise of the act”. HUD’s commitment to eradicating housing discrimination and promoting genuine housing choice extends beyond a single month—it is a year-round endeavor. Through consistent and purposeful actions, HUD works towards eliminating discrimination and disparities in every community across America.

HUD, local communities, fair housing advocates, and fair housing organizations recognize fair housing month every April by hosting events that bring to light the significance of the Fair Housing Act. HUD and its partners host local activities throughout the month to enhance public awareness of fair housing rights, and fair housing enforcement efforts and bring to light the importance of creating diverse and inclusive communities.

HUD’s Secretary, Marcia L. Fudge will mark Fair Housing Month by presiding over an opening ceremony on April 11th at 1:00 pm. The opening ceremony will also feature HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Demetria McCain, and the Texas Southern University Debate team. HUD’s efforts to advance and protect fair housing rights to make sure all people have a house to live in and free from discrimination will be showcased during the event. Feel free to register for attending the event as it is free of cost.

A national activity titled, “Building an equitable future: A housing Policy conversation with Gen Z college students” will close the Fair Housing Month. A virtual conversation will also be hosted by HUD in which it will be stating the significance of fair housing protections for the next generation of consumers.

In the fiscal year 2022, HUD and its partner agencies in the fair housing assistance program received over 11,000 complaints. The complaints alleged discrimination based on age, sex, race, origin, religion, disability, and family status.

If you believe that you experienced discrimination, then you can file a complaint by reaching out to HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. ” HUD Commemorates National Fair Housing Month 2023 and the 55th Anniversary of the Signing of the Fair Housing Act”. HUD, April 3, 2023, HUD Commemorates National Fair Housing Month 2023 and the 55th Anniversary of the Signing of the Fair Housing Act | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021