November 17, 2023 | Kevin Donaldson
The Fair Housing Act and Its Amendments
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law passed in 1968 that prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing based on the aforementioned protected classes. The Fair Housing Act of 1988 expanded the original law by adding protections for people with disabilities and families with children. This expansion is known as the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.
To ensure compliance with the law, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces fair housing rules and fair housing regulations. HUD also provides fair housing guidelines to help housing providers, lenders, and others understand their responsibilities under the law.
National Fair Housing Month traces its roots back to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. Just one week after this tragic event, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11, 1968. Since then, the month of April has been dedicated to raising awareness about fair housing and promoting equal opportunity in the housing market.