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Fair Housing Celebrates 50 Years

On April 11, 2018, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law one week after the assassination of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The 1968 law prohibited discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, sex and religion. The Fair Housing Act was amended in 1988 to add families with children and persons with disabilities as protected classes. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC), as the largest provider of deeply affordable housing in the Baltimore metropolitan area, is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing and to providing housing choice to its residents and voucher participants. As such, it played a critical role in expanding the Housing Choice Voucher mobility program that was established pursuant to a partial consent decree and provides counseling and vouchers to enable families to move to opportunity areas.

HABC also works to provide safe and decent housing to the residents of its public housing units, giving residents the opportunity to remain in the communities in which they have lived for many years. Additionally, HABC is the largest provider of deeply affordable units that are accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. HABC will continue to work on efforts to enable its public housing residents and voucher participants to have meaningful choices in housing regardless of their protected class status.

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