Each April, Fair Housing and the pursuit of equal housing for all is celebrated across the nation. For decades, Realtors® -- members of the National Association of Realtors® -- have supported a free, open market that embraces fairness and equal opportunity for all buyers and sellers. Members of the Delta County Board of REALTORS® strongly support the Fair Housing Act, legislation first passed in 1968 and now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin.
"Realtors® continue to recognize the significance of this important act and each April, we reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law, as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for a home or property. Realtors® work hard to build strong communities and neighborhoods where all people can live and prosper," said Nick Streza, chair, Delta County Board of REALTORS®
Over the years, NAR has developed educational information on diversity and fair housing laws, programs and resources that have helped educate Realtors® across the country on the importance of inclusive housing practices and the promotion of diverse homeownership. NAR will further examine community fair housing issues and advocate for changes to the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was the beginning of prohibiting the discrimination regarding home ownership. The ongoing evolution to that act has been a driving force for not only housing, but also, for positive societal changes in our country. Ten years later, in 1978, the addition of sex as a protected class under the Fair Housing Act came at a time when most women were only allowed credit with the signature of their husband or father, even if they were contributing financially to the household.
Fair housing protects the American Dream of homeownership for all citizens, and the Delta County Board of REALTORS® looks forward to supporting the development of healthy and diverse communities," Streza said.