Governor Bryant Proclaims April Fair Housing Month
Jackson, Miss. (April 4, 2012) — Marking the 44th anniversary of the signing of the national Fair Housing Act, Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month for the state of Mississippi.
Established by Congress in 1968, the landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination in the financing, rent or sale of any dwelling based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. In 1988, amendments to the Fair Housing Act expanded coverage to prohibit discrimination based on disability or familial status.
The proclamation states that the “provision of fair housing opportunities for all citizens of the state of Mississippi is an important goal of our state. Concerned citizens and the housing industry are working to realize the dream of fair and affordable housing for all residents.”
“The availability of fair, affordable housing is critical to both the quality of life for Mississippians and to our state’s economic development efforts,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi has become a leader among states tasked with rebuilding communities, and ensuring that families have access to quality housing is an important goal of our state.”
Through its ongoing long-term Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has helped construct, rehabilitate or finance more than 7,000 affordable housing units.
MDA is contributing to the health of our state and nation and is encouraging others to abide by the letter and the spirit of the Federal Fair Housing Act.