FAIR HOUSING MONTH
Each year in April, the US observes the passing of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination in 1968: to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.
Fundamentally, fair housing means that every person can live free. This means that our communities are open and welcoming, free from housing discrimination and hostility. But this also means that each one of us, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability, has access to neighborhoods of opportunity, where our children can attend quality schools, our environment allows us to be healthy, and economic opportunities and self sufficiency can grow.
HUD’s commitment to fair housing is a living commitment, one that reflects the needs of America today and prepares us for a future of true integration. In Omaha, the fight continues. There is ground work being done that hopefully will lead to adding sexual orientation and gender identity for housing, to the existing nondiscrimination ordinance.
In Omaha, you have a resource: The Human Rights and Relations Department is charged with three major responsibilities for the City of Omaha; Human Relations and Economic Inclusion Administration, Civil Rights Investigations and Enforcement Support Services, and Community Relations and Contract Compliance.
It is responsible for the investigation, elimination, and prevention of all forms of socioeconomic disparities and prohibited discrimination, including that based on race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other form of discrimination proscribed by ordinance or resolution.
Towards its goal of ensuring equal opportunity and equitable access to those opportunities for all citizens of the city, this department oversees the operation of two appointed boards: the Human Rights and Relations Board and the Civil Rights Hearing Board, and one appointed council: the Economic Inclusion Council.
You may contact the HRR Department at https://humanrights.cityofomaha.org/ or by calling 402-444-5055