April is Fair Housing Month

The Fair Housing Act was introduced in 1968 and expands on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Fair Housing Act was created to protect a buyer or renter from discrimination from by making it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent to, finance, or negotiate terms of a home because of a person’s inclusion in a protected class.  The Fair Housing Act helps to ensure that people and families have the opportunity to have access to live in a community which may provide healthier living, quality education, and economic opportunities.

The current protected classes under the Fair Housing Act include: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status.  The Fair Housing Act does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited bases.  However, discrimination against a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person may be covered by the Fair Housing Act if it is based on non-conformity with gender stereotypes.  Housing providers that receive HUD funding or have loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as well as lenders insured by FHA, are subject to HUD’s Equal Access Rule, which requires equal access to HUD programs without regard to a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

Fahe and our Members are committed to fair housing and we want to help ensure that people and families in Appalachia have a fair chance of obtaining housing.  Every man, woman, and child has a right to live in a good environment without harassment or discrimination.

If you believe you may be a victim of housing discrimination contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 or www.hud.gov/fairhousing

Upcoming Fair Housing Events:

Pikeville: Fair Housing Training, April 27, 2017 – Pikeville, KY

The Lexington Fair Housing Council is partnering with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to offer a free fair housing training to housing providers, leasing agents, social service providers, and all other interested and affected parties in the Pikeville area. Attendees will be given guidance on how to navigate housing issues related to accessibility and disability, working with residents with limited English proficiency, how to support survivors of domestic violence, and much more.

If you plan to attend this training, please register HERE to reserve your seat.