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April is Fair Housing Month!
Atlanta, GA (April 6, 2017) – Every April, we come together as a community and a nation to celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968: To eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.
Everyone – regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability – should have access to neighborhoods of opportunity, where our children can attend quality schools, our environment allows us to be healthy, and economic opportunities and self-sufficiency can grow.
At the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, our commitment to fair housing is ongoing and enduring. Fair housing is an integral part of building strong, vibrant communities. To help promote understanding, we are distributing the Fair Housing Communications Toolkit to partners and news outlets across the state. We hope you will use this toolkit to help us promote Fair Housing Month. You can find additional resources, including Print PSAs, Radio PSAs, and TV PSAs at the Fair Housing Resource Center.
It’s Fair Housing Month: Choose Your Words Carefully
Are you well-versed in Federal Fair Housing laws? Could you use a refresher? Now is a great time to brush up on your knowledge of Federal Fair Housing laws. Advertising and listing information should be worded in such a way that it doesn’t imply any preference, exclusion or limitation based on any protected class.
This “Word and Phrase List,” compiled by the Georgia Association of Realtors, lists what words can and cannot be used. It is an excellent tool for use when discussing Fair Housing.
MaryBrown Sandys, Director of Marketing & Communications
About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.