Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
April 11, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act being signed into law:

“Today, we mark half a century since the signing into law of the Fair Housing Act, which did away with legal segregation in housing.  When President Johnson put his name on that law, it outlawed practices such as refusing to rent or sell to minorities or engaging in discriminatory practices like redlining or steering potential homeowners into certain neighborhoods.  I was proud to sponsor the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 that added discrimination against people with disabilities as a protected class under fair housing rules. 
“While the effects of the Fair Housing Act have been far-reaching, de facto segregation continues to draw lines of division in our country where none ought to be.  Democrats will continue fighting to protect fair housing laws and their enforcement while working to make opportunities for affordable housing and homeownership more broadly accessible so that all Americans can live in clean, safe, and nurturing communities.”