The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity has marked the month of April as Fair Housing Month, and a time to celebrate the achievements of the Fair Housing Act and educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.   This year’s theme is "Our Work Today Defines Our Tomorrow,” spotlighting HUD’s current enforcement and education and outreach efforts and the work of its fair housing partners are helping to foster sustainable, inclusive communities of opportunity for future generations. In celebration of the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners designates the week of April 15 as Fair Housing Week in Santa Rosa County.

To help educate residents of their rights, the Santa Rosa County Housing Program will display fair and equal housing information Apr. 9 through 23 at their office located at 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Suite 201 in Milton. Information will be available about the law and how to file a complaint if you think you are a victim of housing discrimination.  For more information contact the housing program office at 981-7076.

Fair Housing Month marks the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.