Every April, the City of Columbus celebrates Fair Housing Month in commemoration of the passage of the Fair Housing Act in April 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr fought for the elimination of housing discrimination and was intent on ensuring equal housing opportunities for all prior to his untimely death on April 4, 1968. President Lyndon Johnson signed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act into law exactly one week later. We know this as the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Through advocacy, enforcement, education, and outreach, we continue to address fair housing for all regardless of race, color, gender, age, familial status, national origin, ancestry, religion, and/or disability.
On April 17, Mayor Jim Lienhoop read a Proclamation declaring April as Fair Housing Month in recognition of the passage of the Fair Housing Act fifty years ago.