The City of Perkins supports and encourages FAIR HOUSING practices and follows the concepts, practices and intent embodied by the Federal, State, and Local laws in regard to Fair Housing.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race or color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap. The City of Perkins encourages each citizen, agency, lender, or real estate business planning housing promotions or activities to implement the provisions of the Fair Housing Act.
Annually, since 2015, the City of Perkins has proclaimed its commitment to the support and encouragement of Fair Housing practices.
Origins of The Fair Housing Act of 1968
During the tumultuous times after WWII and the Vietnam War, hundreds of minority soldiers were coming home from war to discrimination on many fronts. One of the widespread issues was that of housing. These minority families were having difficulty renting or purchasing homes because of their race, religion, or national origin, in certain areas. In response to this discrimination, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 was proposed in the House as an expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This Act provided that no one could be discriminated against based on race, religion, national origin, or sex, when attempting to rent, finance, or purchase a home.
Since it was introduced into law in 1968, the Fair Housing Act has been expanded to include the prohibition of discrimination based on disability or on family status. It is under the control of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and its Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity investigative branch. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 has been instrumental in fighting against segregation of neighborhoods and communities based on race, religion, or national origin.
The City of Perkins is dedicated to supporting and promoting the Fair Housing Act of 1968. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to obtain housing in any area of our City.