Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and fair housing became law. By signing the Civil Rights Act, President Johnson declared, “Now, with this bill, the voice of justice speaks again. It proclaims that Fair Housing for all, all human beings who live in this country, is now part of the American way of life.”
Co-sponsored by Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale, the Fair Housing Act sought to end residential segregation and ensure all Americans had access to safe and decent housing. The Act initially prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on color, race, national origin and religion. Later, the Act was amended to prohibit discrimination based on sex, disability, and familial status.
As part of our corporate social responsibility, and as a proponent for assisting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who seek safe, affordable housing, HDS Companies is proud to promote and support this excellent campaign for fair housing. For more information on Fair Housing, please visit nationalfairhousing.org.