Governor Bryant Proclaims April as Fair Housing Month
Jackson, Mississippi — April 1, 2015 — In commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the national Fair Housing Act, Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month for the state of Mississippi.
“Ensuring the availability of fair, affordable housing is critical to both the quality of life for Mississippians and to our state’s economic development efforts,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “The provision of fair housing opportunities for all citizens of the state of Mississippi is an important goal of our state.”
Established by Congress as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the landmark 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.
Through its ongoing long-term Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, the Mississippi Development Authority helped construct, rehabilitate or finance more than 8,500 affordable housing units.
By promoting fair housing and equal opportunity, MDA contributes to the vitality of our state and nation and encourages others to abide by the letter and the spirit of the Federal Fair Housing Act.