The Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968 immediately following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Amended in 1988, the Act guarantees equal housing opportunities for all people and makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, family status, or disability.
As an organization rooted in the belief that diverse and inclusive communities are stronger communities, the Village welcomes a world that guarantees a safe and dignified place to call home for women in our city.
Fair Housing Trends:
- In 2019, there were over 28,000 reported acts of housing discrimination in the US.
- 57% of these were by individuals with disabilities.
- 16% of these were on the basis of race.
- From 2018 to 2019, discrimination based on sex rose 47% for individuals that identify as women.
- 58% of Black households are renters, compared to only 28% of white households.
- Almost 38% of renters work in the four industries most vulnerable to COVID-19 – food and accommodations, construction, entertainment, and retail.
HERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN FAIR HOUSING MONTH
2020 Fair Housing Trends Report, National Fair Housing Alliance
Challenging discrimination when purchasing a home, The Washington Post, 2021
Exposing Housing Discrimination, Urban Institute, 2018
Homelessness and Black History: Access to Housing, National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2021
HUD expands fair housing protections for transgender people, The Washington Post, 2021
[WATCH] Seven Days, National Fair Housing Alliance
[LISTEN] Fair Housing Podcast Recommendations
Post this to your social channels:
April is #FairHousingMonth. We’re proud to support @NStreetVillage and organizations across DC working to ensure that everyone has a safe and dignified place to call home. Find resources and learn more at www.nstreetvillage.org/fairhousingmonth.
Today, it is legal for a housing provider in a majority of states across the country to deny housing to people because they are gay, lesbian, transgender, unmarried, or a recipient of housing subsidies. Support the expansion of the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and source of income.
Write to your legislators and/or local government about the need to fund and support fair housing programs.
Pledge to stand in solidarity with N Street Village and our neighbors experiencing homelessness to work together for better, more permanent housing solutions in our city.