In honor of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III presented Finance Director Carlos M. Perez with a proclamation during a special presentation of the April 17 City Council Meeting, naming April 2013 as Fair Housing Month in the City of Homestead.
“Fair housing is something no one, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or family status should ever have to be concerned about,” said Councilman Williams, liaison to the City of Homestead Finance Committee. “By proclaiming April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Homestead, the City stands by the Fair Housing Act and urges all citizens to celebrate Fair Housing throughout the year.”
On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was meant as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 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).