Fair Housing Act


On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The 1968 act expanded on previous acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act (of 1968).

2018 marked 50 years since the enactment of the Fair Housing Act, Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford issued a statement which can be read here.

Richard Rothstein, a leading expert on U.S. housing policy and author of The Color of Law explains the need for the Fair Housing Act, its context, and the consequences of barriers to equal and affordable housing in this article.