Governor Bryant Proclaims April as Fair Housing Month

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Jackson, Mississippi — April 1, 2016 — In commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month for the state of Mississippi.

“Fair, affordable housing is a vital component to the economic development and resilience of Mississippi’s communities and the quality of life of the citizens of our state,” Governor Bryant said. “Ensuring access to fair housing for present and future generations of Mississippians remains a top priority, and I am proud to proclaim April as Fair Housing Month in recognition and support of the signing of this landmark legislation.”

Established by Congress as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Act 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.

By promoting fair housing and equal opportunity, Mississippi is creating more vibrant communities in its counties, the state and throughout the nation and encourages others to abide by the letter and the spirit of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

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