April 4 is exactly 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Seven days after the tragic murder, the federal Fair Housing Act was enacted. The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children (HUD) Although a lot has changed in the past 50 years and we’ve made a lot strides, we still have a long way to go to achieve true housing equality. Inequalities created today have resulted from policy, practices, zoning laws, and individual actions. As a nation, we are stronger if we all have the same level of opportunity. It’s imperative that everyone has equal access to housing opportunity.
Fair housing is important for all Americans. Low-income Americans, communities of color, and seniors have all felt the burden of the housing affordability crisis. Housing costs have soared nearly 50% in the past 19 years and ultimately where you live can determine your economic mobility. Research has found that children who grow up in safe, low-poverty neighborhoods – no matter their own family’s economic situation – improves their chances of success and may reduce the next generation’s probability of poverty. In fact, a recent Harvard study found that young children whose families used housing vouchers to move to better neighborhoods had a higher success rate as adults than those who stayed in extremely poor neighborhoods. We also must ensure that as a country we are investing in communities that have faced decades of disinvestment so that every community can ultimately be a community of opportunity.
President Trump deemed April as Fair Housing Month. We’re glad that the conversation surrounding fair housing is being continued 50 years after Dr. King’s death and we continue to urge our advocates to contact their elected officials to insist on fair and affordable homes for all. Make Room, the nation’s leading organization working to address the rental housing crisis in America, gives voice to struggling renters and seeks to elevate affordable rental housing on the national agenda. We’re advocating for better policies and telling the stories of real families who can’t make rent today to build a movement for change.
About Make Room, Inc.
Make Room, the nation’s leading organization working to address the rental housing crisis in America, gives voice to struggling renters and seeks to elevate affordable rental housing on the national agenda. We’re advocating for better policies and telling the stories of real families who can’t make rent today.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Contact: Dottie Kramer