Rounds proclaims April Fair Housing Month

Rounds proclaims April Fair Housing Month In celebration of the 36th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Law, Gov. Michael Rounds has officially proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in South Dakota.

The Fair Housing Act adopted by Congress and signed into law on April 11, 1968 prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).

In his proclamation, Rounds states, "I urge all citizens to abide by the Federal Fair Housing Law and to acknowledge the needs of all our citizens to be afforded housing opportunities free from all discrimination."

South Dakota, like other states, has seen a tremendous growth in minority population, particularly Sioux Falls. Rounds is taking this opportunity to remind South Dakotans of the opportunities they present to the home rental, sales, and lending communities.

In recognition of Fair Housing Month in South Dakota, a series of workshops on the fundamentals of Fair Housing are being held around the state. These workshops, which are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the North Dakota Fair Housing Council, will be held in Aberdeen on April 20, in Pierre on April 21, and Sioux Falls on April 22. The easter part of South Dakota is included in the North Dakota Fair Housing Council's coverage area. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to 1-888-265-0907.

Currently the departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development enforce the Fair Housing Law. The Department of Justice litigates fair housing cases in court, while the Department of Housing and Urban Development investigates and attempts to resolve complaints of housing discrimination.

The South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) in an independent, quasi-public agency that finances and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income residents throughout South Dakota. SDHDA is totally self-supporting and receives no tax money, appropriations or other funding from the State. SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, handicapped, familial status or national origin.

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