April is Fair Housing Month and it’s imperative to remain educated about this topic. Discrimination in the real estate industry is prevalent in people’s daily lives. Keep reading to find out more and ways you can educate yourself and help to solve this ongoing issue:
History of Fair Housing Month
On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act of 1968, therefore commemorating fair housing annually in April. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, disability and family status. Since its inception, it has helped working families of all races and backgrounds find affordable housing, helped break patterns of segregation and bring diverse communities, but there is still more to be done. To help the development of the Fair Housing Law, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development was created.
It can be difficult to want to educate ourselves on things that don’t directly affect us, but fair housing is incredibly important and something that affects those around us. There are many ways you can educate yourself. Check out these video, podcast and book recommendations from the National Association of Realtors®:
“Why Cities are Still So Segregated” from NPR
In this short, six-minute video, Gene Demby from NPR’s Code Switch explains why some neighborhoods remain still segregated today.
The Red Line: Racial Disparities in Lending from The Center of Investigative Reporting
In this podcast episode, reporters analyzed 31 million government mortgage records and found that people of color were more likely than white people to be denied a conventional home loan in 61 metro areas.
“Sundown Towns” by James W. Loewen
Loewen sheds light on the racial exclusion in America. He uncovers what he calls “sundown towns,” which are exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that black people were not welcome.
Residential segregation in America did not happen by accident. Hence, April is a great month to look internally to ensure that you are providing inclusive communities to your clients. We all have an amazing opportunity to be a part of the solution.
The NAR website has fantastic resources for you, and the Denver Metro Association of Realtors® is hosting their first annual Housapalooza event on April 23. Housapalooza is “the must-attend event for first-time homebuyers and sellers in metro Denver.” They have phenomenal speakers including Albus Brooks, Former Denver City Council President and event host, Ryan Haarer, Former TV Newsman for 9News. Fair housing matters year-round, but April is a great month to reevaluate your practices and identify how you can be a part of the solution.
Kentwood Real Estate is constantly striving for equality in everything we do. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Councils have been working to introduce equality and diversity throughout our brokerage. Our Kentwood Cares Foundation was created to support our internal Kentwood community of employees and brokers and external community of nonprofit organizations. We are here to help and support our community in anyway we can.