50 Years of the Fair Housing Act
Safe and affordable homes, free of discrimination, should be equally accessible to all. This edition of Rural Voices explores the state of fair housing half a century after the adoption of the Fair Housing Act and includes contributions from a federal agency, national nonprofits, and practitioners in the field.
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HUD’s Fair Housing Office: Combating Discrimination
Anna María Farías
In a nation founded on the principles of justice and equality, it is unacceptable for anyone to be denied the housing of their choice.
Working Towards Fair Housing in 2018’s Rural America
by Leslie R. Strauss
Rural fair housing advocates rely on outreach, education, cultural sensitivity, and partnerships to address issues that may not have been evident 50 years ago.
In early 2018 HUD suspended implementation of a regulation put into place in 2015.
Vermont’s Fair Housing Project encourages residents and local governments to improve zoning and permitting in order to further fair housing and the development of affordable housing.
Disasters Don’t Discriminate, Recovery Shouldn’t Either
by Maddie Sloan
Disaster recovery must be designed to be fair for all, even if pre-disaster housing situations were not.
Nuisance and Crime-Free Ordinances: The Next Fair Housing Frontier
by Renee Williams and Marie Flannery
Fair housing laws may conflict with local laws and policies that penalize tenants for calling law enforcement or having a history of arrest or conviction.
The recent increase in hate crimes includes housing-related hate activity, which can have criminal or civil remedies.
Fighting Hate in North Dakota
by Michelle Rydz
A statewide coalition supports victims of hate crimes, including crimes that are related to housing.
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