Legislation Expands Fair Housing Protections
The Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, H.R. 6500, introduced by U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), and John Conyers (D-Mich.), aims to expand federal Fair Housing Act protections to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or marital status.
The bill also calls for an updated definition of “familial status” and would enhance the investigative potential of the U.S. Justice Department with regard to fair housing and fair lending violations.
“These long-needed changes to the Fair Housing Act will improve our neighborhoods and expand important civil rights to so many people who are currently left out,” says Shanna L. Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Source: Mortgage Orb (12/09/10)
My Comment: It is a wonderful thing that our Society, though still unjust in many regards now is moving, through peaceful legislation, rather than litigation, towards a more just, equitable and inclusive model.