The month of April has been designated and recognized throughout the country as Fair Housing Month and Bellevue is joining in the effort to encourage and support these practices throughout our community. This year, we commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, a national law that prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicked off Fair Housing Month 2023, commemorating 55 years since the Fair Housing Act was signed into law with a press release, available here. This year’s Fair Housing Month theme, Choices for All Voices: Building an Equitable Future, underscores the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing, combating discrimination in housing, and protecting fair housing rights for all who call America home.
The City of Bellevue recognizes the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as affirmatively further fair housing. A proclamation declaring April Fair Housing Month in the City of Bellevue was signed by Mayor Rusty Hike to encourage residents to be knowledgeable of their rights and protections under the Act. In this Proclamation, the City of Bellevue supports fair housing practices, efforts to heighten public awareness, and pledges its commitment to improve housing options and celebrate a diverse community by promoting the Fair Housing Law.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) has a website with more information on the law. Link: www.hud.gov/fairhousing