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Fair housing Laws

A course paper presented to the School for Arts and Sciences and Distance Learning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Baccalaureate

Business Law I
Park University
September, 2006

You would think that today’s society would not discriminate against someone based on their race, color, or national origin. With the changes in lifestyle, people continue to discriminate against those, but also someone’s sexual orientation. Even with laws and regulations, it continues in all parts of the country. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, more specifically Title VI, stated that you could not discriminate against anyone in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is known as the Fair Housing Act. This provision protects discrimination against race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. The difference between the two Acts is the one of 1968 prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of homes (Fair Housing Organization, 2003).

These acts started in 1964 to protect all people in the United States that wanted to be treated like everyone else, especially when purchasing a home. Throughout the years, amendments and provisions have been made to the ever changing lifestyle of our society. Some of the changes include the Rehabilitation Act to protect people with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial aid, protection against discrimination with state and local public housing and housing assistance, and buildings must be accessible or changeable to accommodate person with disabilities (Fair Housing Org, 2003). Not all provisions are for persons with disabilities, but these are important to the lifestyle of our community members.

Under the Fair Housing Act, it covers most housing and protects many differently people from discrimination. It is against the law to...
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