When the Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968, it provided protections against discrimination based on race, color, national origin, and religion in the sale and rental of housing by banks, realtors, and insurers. Providing false or misleading information also became illegal.
Today, fair housing laws also make it unlawful to discriminate because of disability, familial status, and sex. Learn more about the two leaders that worked together towards the Fair Housing Act.
- The Fair Housing Initiative Program: Provides competitive grants to qualified organizations
- The Fair Housing Assistance Program: Works in conjunction with state and local governments to provide supplemental funding that advances fair housing investigations, training, administrative and/or judicial enforcement, and more
- The National Fair Housing Alliance The Fair Housing Act at 50: Explores the Act’s history, commemorative events, and stories
- Additional information on Fair Housing, including how to file a complaint, is available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)