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Fair Housing Month is a nationwide celebration of the Fair Housing Act. According to Denise Welsh, president of the Silicon Valley Association or Realtors, local realtors are committed to the “principle that fair housing is an essential part of everything we do.”
Each year in April, realtors join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing to mark Fair Housing Month.
President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark U.S. Fair Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, in April 1968, which strives to ensure equal housing opportunity for all and prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family status. In 2012, HUD published new regulations to ensure that its core housing programs are open to all eligible individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.