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April 18, 2008

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act was signed into law by President Johnson just one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) and various state affiliates are acknowledging the anniversary of the Act and heralding its success. It should be noted that the NRA is a sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

On the national front, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is working with Congress to make the new FHA and conforming loan limits permanent so Americans can access affordable financing in all areas of the country. Realtors also work side by side with HUD and other housing-related organizations to eliminate discrimination in all U.S communities. 

NAR is also a proud sponsor of the Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Scheduled for completion later this year, the memorial embraces a vision of human dignity and equality for people of all races, colors, creeds and countries of origin. King’s message of equality is mirrored in the principles of NAR and all of its members who embrace the ideal of equal opportunity in housing.

At the same time, the Asheville-Citizen Times believes that housing in and around their community still isn't fair. While there may be room for debate on the topic, as a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, there can be no argument that the effort remains as just one component of the legacy of Dr. King.

Forty years later, there is no argument that fair housing is part of American law. But, in Asheville at least, there are still differences between the law on the books and reality on the street.

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