April is Fair Housing Month, and this year also brings the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act. Intended to protect buyers and renters from discrimination, the Fair Housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968, by President Lyndon Johnson, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, source of income and national origin. On this 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act it is a fitting time to look back and reflect on why it was needed and what has been accomplished thru the enactment of the Fair Housing Act.
In a Joint Resolution at the April 3, 2018, City Council meeting, Mayor Caldwell and Ogden City Council proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in Ogden. Every citizen is entitled to equal access to housing opportunities, and the following signs may indicate housing related discrimination:
- The rent or deposit quoted is higher than advertised.
- The manager says the unit is rented, but the ad or sign is still posted.
- The manager says “You probably won’t like it here.”; “We’ve rented out the family units.” or “There is no place for your children to play.”
- A real estate agent keeps “steering” you to look for houses in neighborhoods different than the ones you desire and you think you can afford.
- The manager denies your request to make minor modifications to your unit to accommodate your disability.
Fair Housing rights are protected by Federal and State Law. The Utah Anti-Discrimination and Labor Division (UALD) can be contacted for information, questions or concerns on this issue.