TWC Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act

Date: March 22, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN – During April, the nation celebrates Fair Housing Month and this year, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) joins in reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act.  The federal act and its state counterpart, the Texas Fair Housing Act, prohibit discrimination in housing based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, sex and familial status. 

TWC has partnered with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) to present a webinar series and is hosting other events in April to honor National Fair Housing Month.  TWC and TDHCA are hosting two Fair Housing Webinars: “Fair Housing Overview” on Tuesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. and “Reasonable Accommodations & Accessibility” on Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m.  Attendees will learn the basics about fair housing in Texas; how to apply information in a review of potential scenarios; the basics about the reasonable accommodation process; and fair housing considerations for tenant selection criteria. Registration for the webinars is now open on THDCA’s website.

Also in recognition of National Fair Housing Month in April, TWC and the City of Austin Equal Employment and Fair Housing Office are hosting the 2018 Fair Housing Summit with panels and presentations from various notable individuals, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Anna Maria Farias, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation Mark Updegrove and U. S. Department of Justice Housing & Civil Enforcement Section Civil Rights Division Deputy Chief Timothy Moran. The event will be held on April 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center located at 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. Registration is available at http://www.austinfairhousingsummit.com. Free Registration for Graduate Students and Law students at http://www.austinfairhousingsummit.com/student.html with student ID required.

Other fair housing month events include the launch of a partnership with the Texas Association of Realtors to present fair housing training to real estate professionals. For more information and to register, go to https://www.texasrealestate.com/members/education/.

TWC urges all Texans to work together for fair housing. Learn more information about your rights as consumer or your responsibilities as a housing provider on the civil rights discrimination website.

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