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

TDHCA calls on all Texans to join its commitment to fair housing

The TDHCA Board unanimously adopted a resolution asserting that housing discrimination would not be allowed on any programs under their control and requested that their affordable housing building partners commit to the same. On hand as a witness and advocate for the proposal was Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams.

The resolution called for strong enforcement for fair housing practices in the administration of TDHCA's programs, services and activities. The board also acknowledged Governor Perry's Fair Housing Month proclamation and recognized Commissioner Williams for his role in fair housing activities following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Photos and copies of the resolution, Governor Perry's Fair Housing Month Proclamation, certificate presented to Commissioner Williams, and a bonus list of "Fast Facts and Contacts" are available online.

The moves marked the board and the Department's commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. In his proclamation, Governor Perry called on Texans to remain committed to advancing fair housing opportunities for all citizens and officially proclaimed April 2007 "Fair Housing Month" in Texas.

The Department's board acknowledged Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams for his role in leading the state's long-term relief efforts following the hurricanes Katrina and Rita disasters. Commissioner Williams was instrumental in securing the state's $428 million in federal dollars allocated to help rebuild Texas homes and help evacuees find homes.

Commissioner Williams served as the State's liaison between local, state and federal officials, and private and charitable organizations who continue to work to make housing recovery in Texas a reality without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status.

The state board in its resolution said that "it is the policy of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to support equal housing opportunity in the administration of its programs and services, including encouraging equitable lending practices for its homebuyer programs, and Fair Housing rules and guidelines for its multifamily developments."