Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of
the Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act at 55

Advancing a Blueprint for Equity

Mixed up priorities. That’s how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the U.S. in February 1968 — just days before the Kerner Commission would release its seminal report and two months before this champion of justice would be murdered. Dr. King was commenting on the strange phenomenon of economic and racial inequality in the richest nation on the planet. He was lamenting our “material abundance” in the face of so much division, restlessness, poverty, and injustice. He feared we, as a nation, were moving “in the wrong direction,” a similar position held by the Kerner Commission when it noted that our nation was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white‒separate and unequal.” He admonished us to base every decision — be it personal, political, or business related — on what is right and in a way that fosters mutual benefit, opportunity, and economic stability for all people. This, of course, is easier said than done. Determining the appropriate course of action is not always easy. Sometimes, making the just choice is hard. That is why the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) has chosen the theme ”Advancing a Blueprint for Equity” for its 2023 commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act.

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Throughout the year, NFHA will host a series of events to commemorate the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

2023 55th Anniversary Events Overview

This event was held in partnership with the Brookings Institution, ABC, and National Geographic. It was attended by more than a thousand people in person and via livestream. Click here to watch a recording.

This event was held in partnership with the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) to mark the release of an in-depth report by LDF and NFHA. Panelists included former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. Click here to watch a recording.

This event, held in partnership with Nationwide Insurance and Community of Caring Development Foundation, will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at the Linden Community Center in Columbus, Ohio. Housing, community development, health, financial services, and public service experts, along with community representatives and residents will discuss solutions for increasing housing and health security for Franklin County residents with an emphasis on the Linden neighborhood. Click here to learn more and register.

Click here to visit NFHA’s 2023 Fair Housing Month page.

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) will co-convene a special event to examine the impetus for and unfinished work of the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission Report) to mark the 55th anniversary of the report’s release.

Click here to learn more and register.

This three-day event held in person in Washington, D.C., at the American University will engage participants in creating solutions that remove bias from technologies in the housing and lending sectors. Visit https://nationalfairhousing.org/hackathon2023/ to learn more.

NFHA released its Fair Housing Trends report over the summer which found that there were 33,007 fair housing complaints received in 2022 – the highest number of complaints ever reported in a single year. Complaints based on source of income and domestic violence increased. You can read the full report here.

NFHA’s 2023 National Conference took place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The conference, titled “Fair Housing at 55: Advancing a Blueprint for Equity,” brought together a multitude of voices, perspectives, and experiences to develop and promote strategies to fulfill the purpose of the Fair Housing Act: eliminating bias in our society; increasing equity; and creating healthy, vibrant, well-resourced neighborhoods where everyone can thrive.

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The Keys Unlock Dreams Health and Housing Equity Roundtable will take place November 8, 2023, in Baltimore, MD.

The Tech Equity Initiative Research Report Release and Responsible AI Symposium will take place January 18 – 19, 2024 at The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.


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