April is National Fair Housing Month

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This year’s theme is “Fair Housing: The ‘Act' in Action”


CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – In acknowledgement of the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act, Cuyahoga County recognizes the importance of each resident’s fundamental human right to stable, affordable housing. Equal access to housing is at the core of our commitment to building inclusive communities that foster support, understanding, and respect for everyone. 


“Cuyahoga County, like communities across the United States, is in the midst of a housing crisis,” said Sara Parks Jackson, the County’s Director of Housing and Community Development. “A key element to managing the difficulties many people face in finding a home is education. People need to understand not only the options that are available, but also the legal rights and responsibilities of lenders, landlords, buyers and tenants alike.”


The road to finding the right home solution can be both exciting and challenging. Cuyahoga County offers a variety of programs that aim to help residents access, obtain, and maintain housing. More information on the programs, which include down payment assistance, homeowner repair assistance and home loan programs can be found here.


“Housing is the foundation of our lives. Where we live affects the type of education we receive, job opportunities, resources available, healthcare, and even life expectancy,” said Carrie Pleasants, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research. “Without safe, secure, equitable housing, everything else falls apart. When access to housing is denied due to discrimination and unfair treatment, your basic needs cannot be met. The Fair Housing Center is grateful for the longstanding support from and partnership with Cuyahoga County.”


The Fair Housing Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and took effect on April 11, 1968. The law makes discrimination in housing transactions unlawful. To identify and/or report discrimination in housing, visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.