Friday, March 04, 2005

Insist on fair housing practices.

In 1968, the US government passed the Fair Housing Act, which, along with its amendments, "prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability)." These laws help prevent "financial redlining" and other discriminatory practices.

For more on fair housing, consult these Housing and Urban Development (HUD) resources:

* Suggestions on when and how to report fraud, waste, or abuse of HUD programs.

* Forms and instructions on filing a fair housing complaint.

* Instructions on how to report a bad landlord, one who fails "to provide safe and decent housing for the poor, while enriching themselves on taxpayer-funded subsidies."

* An index of laws and executive orders regulating fair housing and equal opportunity.

Everyone deserves a decent place to live. Fair housing laws help make that possible.

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