Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

April is National Fair Housing Month

(AUSTIN 04/09/01) -- This month, TDHCA joins Governor Rick Perry in celebrating the 12th anniversary of the passage of the Texas Fair Housing Act by observing National Fair Housing Month. Governor Perry called on all Texans to remain committed to advancing fair housing opportunities across the state and proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in Texas.

"The unifying theme of our fair housing laws is to ensure that all persons in this great country of ours are able to find and live in their 'castle,' that place they call home," Governor Perry wrote in his proclamation. "A strong Texas is one in which its citizens are committed to fairness and opportunity for all. As we stand at the dawn of a new century, I encourage all Texans to do their part in furthering fair housing opportunity."

The Fair Housing Act, established by Congress in 1968, prohibits discrimination in the financing, rent, or sale of any dwelling based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Amendments to the Act in 1988 prohibited housing discrimination based on disability or familial status. The Texas Legislature solidified its commitment to fair housing with the Texas Fair Housing Act of 1989, which offered protection for apartment renters and homeowners.

"Governor Perry's proclamation is symbolic of our commitment to fair housing in Texas," said Daisy Stiner, TDHCA Executive Director. "Our job is to ensure all Texans have equal access to decent, affordable housing, and we take this responsibility very seriously. On the occasion of Fair Housing Month, we rededicate ourselves to expanding housing opportunities for all citizens of this great state."