50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act - 2018
What is Fair Housing?
Fair housing rights were first defined legally through the Fair Housing Act in 1968 as a result of the Civil Rights Movement. The Act aimed to end discrimination against people seeking housing.
Who Does the Fair Housing Act Protect?
Today, the Fair Housing Act protects anyone from being discriminated against in the sale, lease or rental of a home based on:
- Familial status
- National origin
Additionally, the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the homebuying process based on:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Unfavorable military discharge
When applying for a home, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act protects you from being wrongly discriminated against during the credit application process.
MORe offers regular courses to educate our REALTORS® on fair housing issues. And we work closely wih HOPE Fair Housing, which advocates for fair housing opportunities for all.
Fair Housing Resources
If you believe you have been descriminated againt in the homebuying process, you have the right to pursue legal action. Your REALTOR® can help navigate these issues and connect you with the right resources.
You can also turn to the following local and national resources for guidance and support.
- Illinois Department of Human Rights Fair Housing Divison
- National Fair Housing Advocate Online
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- National Association of REALTORS® Guide to Fair Housing
- National Fair Housing Alliance
- The Arc