Fair Housing at 50: Virtual Event Series


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Prosperity Now’s Affordable Homeownership Network and Racial Wealth Equity Network invite you to join a series of virtual events in recognition of Fair Housing Month.

On April 11, 1968, one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act. This landmark legislation finally ended the explicit racial discrimination in housing policy which segregated African Americans out of neighborhoods previous reserved for white households. The Act afforded African Americans equal opportunity to rent or purchase homes in well-resourced neighborhoods previously barricaded behind discriminatory policies and covenants, as well as access to nondiscriminatory financing and homeowners insurance.

The 50th anniversary of this historic civil rights legislation is accompanied by both celebration and scrutiny. We’ve seen important progress in housing desegregation since the Act was signed. And yet, 50 years later, the country continues to grapple with many of the same challenges facing communities of color in that era. We still have a long way to go before we can realize the full promise of the Fair Housing Act: a society with equitable housing policies and practices, and economic justice for all. 

Fair Housing at 50: Virtual Event Series

Wednesday, April 11Facebook Live: 

On Wednesday, April 11, the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, we held a Facebook Live event on the current state of federal policies and fair housing. Watch and comment on the video on the Prosperity Now Facebook page.

Thursday, April 19Twitter Townhall:  

Join us on Thursday, April 19 from 2-3pm EDT for #FHAchat, a Twitter Townhall to talk about the many ways that practitioners rely on the Fair Housing Act to advance housing justice and economic opportunity.

To join the Twitter Townhall, log in at 2 pm and follow @prosperitynow on Twitter. We’ll be adding #FHAchat (the official hashtag for the Townhall) and the optional hashtags #FHA50 and #housingjustice to the end of our tweets so we can all see what’s being sharing during and after the Townhall with a simple hashtag search.

Pro tip:  Twitter Chat tools like www.tchat.io or www.tweetchat.com can make it even easier to join and follow the Townhall!

Thursday, April 26Webinar: 

Close out Fair Housing Month on Thursday, April 26 from 2-3:30 pm EDT with our webinar,“The Future of Fair Housing: Exploring the Latest Trends in the Field.” 

During this interactive webinar we'll to discuss the impact and future of fair housing with practitioners in the field. Connect with others in the field working at the intersections of racial, economic, and housing justice. Share the invitation and registration link across your coalitions and networks. Come with your own experiences, questions and ideas to share—we’ve built in ample time to hear from you!

This event is free, but registration is required. Register today, and spread the word!


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