This year commemorates the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The truly historic passage of this legislation remains the Nation’s foremost break from past acts of segregation, discrimination, and inequality that permeated our society. As fair housing practitioners, you show up every day prepared to serve those who may have been victimized by discrimination. For that, the Academy sincerely thanks you for your dedication and commitment.
President Biden made the mission of our collective work clear in his memorandum issued on January 26, 2021. It is the policy of this Administration that the Federal Government work with communities to end housing discrimination, to provide redress to those who have experienced housing discrimination, to eliminate racial bias and other forms of discrimination in all stages of home-buying and renting, to lift barriers that restrict housing and neighborhood choice, to promote diverse and inclusive communities, to ensure sufficient physically accessible housing, and to secure equal access to housing opportunity for all.
Let us continue to work towards Dr. King’s vision of bending the long moral arc of the universe towards justice.