April is Fair Housing Month, and today marks the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development describes fair housing, “Fundamentally, fair housing means that every person can live free. This means that our communities are open and welcoming, free from housing discrimination and hostility. But this also means that each one of us, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability, has access to neighborhoods of opportunity, where our children can attend quality schools, our environment allows us to be healthy, and economic opportunities and self sufficiency can grow.”
Fair Housing laws, as outlined in the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and its subsequent amendments, are designed to protect people who fall into one or more of the seven protected classes:
- National Origin
- Familial Status
Navy Housing Service Center (HSC) staffs are knowledgeable of the Fair Housing Act and are dedicated to ensuring service members and their families are free to live wherever they want, without the burden of discrimination. Our HSC staffs investigate housing discrimination complaints brought in by service members. If you believe you or your family may have experienced housing discrimination, please contact your local HSC to discuss: www.cnic.navy.mil/HousingQuickReference.
Additional resources about the Fair Housing Act can be found on the Housing and Urban Development’s website: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp.