Posted by: realtormarkpalace | April 4, 2011

April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month

WASHINGTON – April 4, 2011 – The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced that it will join Americans across the country to honor April as Fair Housing Month, saying the association strongly supports the Fair Housing Act and believes that anyone able and willing to assume the responsibilities of homeownership should have the opportunity to pursue that dream.

April marks the 43rd anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. NAR also supports equal opportunity on the basis of sexual orientation, incorporating that support into the Realtor Code of Ethics.

“Realtors work tirelessly to build communities and believe people have a right to live wherever they can afford to live,” says NAR President Ron Phipps. “In this vein, Realtors believe it’s imperative to recognize Fair Housing Month and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing laws and our commitment to offer equal professional service to everyone.”

NAR’s Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity program offers education, grants, programs and events related to fair housing and diversity, helping Realtors learn how to best work with and serve diverse consumers. Since its inception in 1998, At Home with Diversity has addressed the topics through a full-day certification course.

Extensive training, grants and resources are also available to help Realtor associations and members better serve today’s diverse clientele. One workshop, “Leading with diversity: A business imperative in a change world,” helps Realtor associations incorporate diversity initiatives into their business models.

In addition, NAR awards Diversity Initiative Grants to local and state associations twice a year, and Housing Opportunity Program Grants help associations support activities that create and expand affordable housing opportunities

“For Realtors, every month is fair housing month,” says Phipps. “With every transaction Realtors strive to promote inclusion, diversity and fairness in the housing industry.”

© 2011 Florida Realtors®

 

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