Congresswoman Lee Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Lee released the following statement recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act:

“For the past fifty years, the Fair Housing Act has been a vital tool in the fight for civil rights. This legislation has played a critical role in addressing explicit racial discrimination and segregation in housing and ensuring all Americans have equal access to housing.

“This 50th anniversary we must reflect on the work that still needs to be done in order to realize the promise of the Fair Housing Act. Right now, the Trump Administration is actively working to roll back the clock on decades of progress. Under the Fair Housing Act, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been the first line of defense preventing discrimination in housing. President Trump and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to exclude the goals of housing fairness and inclusion from the mission statement of the agency is outright shameful. 

“Instead of instituting new barriers, HUD should work with Congress to fully implement the Fair Housing Act. We must protect every American family’s right to safe and affordable housing.”