HUD Commemorates National Fair Housing Month

Regulation | April 01, 2021 | by Juliana Bilowich

In a video message, HUD Secretary Fudge commemorates the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. 

To kick off April's National Fair Housing Month, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge released a video message stating that "in this moment of unprecedented crisis, fair housing is more important than ever. 53 years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, our journey to justice in housing continues.” This year's Fair Housing Month theme is "Fair Housing: More than Just Words." In her video message, the Secretary commits HUD to Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to end housing discrimination. 

“Fair Housing Month is a time to recommit to our nation’s obligation to ensure that everyone has equal access to safe, affordable housing," said Secretary Fudge. "Unfortunately, housing discrimination still exists, from individuals and families being denied a place to call home because of the color of their skin or where they come from, to landlords refusing to allow persons with disabilities to keep assistance animals, to individuals being denied a place to live because of who they love."

April marks the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which protects various classes against housing discrimination: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, and disability. The Secretary will host a virtual celebration of the Fair Housing Act anniversary on April 7 at 2p ET. 

According to a press release issued by HUD on April 1, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies received more than 7,700 complaints last year alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act's seven protected classes. During that period, the categories with the highest number of complaints were disability and race; HUD also received complaints that alleged lending discrimination as well as numerous complaints from women who faced unfair treatment, including sexual harassment. In February, HUD announced an expansion of its administration and enforcement activities under the category of sex discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

LeadingAge supports the Secretary's emphasis on access to fair housing, and we look forward to working with HUD to advance equitable senior housing opportunities.