What's Going On? - July 05, 2011

When I hear the phrase, "What's goin' on?"  I think of the Marvin Gaye song.  If you don't know it, or would like to listen again, click here:http://www.jango.com/music/Marvin+Gaye?l=0.  The whole song seems to be relevant today, just as the Civil Rights act of 1968 (Title 7, the Fair Housing Act) is still relevant today.  The song was released in 1971, only 3 years after the Fair Housing Act was signed by Lyndon B. Johnson.  Until 1968, African-Americans, and other non-White races were not afforded the opportunity to live wherever they choose to, even though they qualified according to legitimate business reasons such as income.  It's amazing because that's only 6 years before I was born.  My parents bought their house in 1975 in a predominately Caucasian neighborhood.  There were 3 minority families, 2 African American families and one Vietnamese family.  Persons with disabilities didn't have rights until 1973 with the rehabilitation act.  If you would like more information on the various acts, and provisions under this act, please follow this link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUDsrc=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws

It is important to remember that EVERYONE is covered by the Fair Housing Act.  If you are human you are covered.  Most people are born with 4 of the 7 protected classes (race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status).  If you feel your rights have been violated, please feel free to contact us.