Alexandria, La. (Nov. 22, 2019)— The City of Alexandria Community Development Department, in conjunction with The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, will present a Fair Housing Seminar from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 Third St.
“It is extremely important that people understand just what The Fair Housing Act is and how it works to protect us,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey Hall. “I really want to encourage all our citizens to learn about The Fair Housing Act, and I especially urge tenants, landlords, property managers, Zoning Board commissioners as well as real estate agents and brokers to attend this event.”
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin or sex.
Intended as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the bill was the subject of a contentious debate in the Senate, but was passed quickly by the House of Representatives in the days after the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Fair Housing Act is generally considered the final great legislative achievement of the civil rights era.
“Community Development is committed to providing information to our citizens about their rights and responsibilities regarding Fair Housing,” said Community Development Director Shirley Branham. “This free seminar will review related information about where we live, protected classes and people with disabilities along with understanding real estate rentals, sales and lending practices.”
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