Did you know that April 2015 marks the 47th anniversary of the enactment of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act?

Or that the act expanded civil rights protections to prohibit discrimination in the “sale, rental and financing” of housing based on race, color, religion, national origin and sex?

Me neither. But Gov. David Ige does.

Kakaako Affordable Housing

665 Halekauwila in Kakaako .

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That’s why he has officially proclaimed that this month is Fair Housing Awareness Month.

Here’s a couple “whereases” from the proclamation for you to ponder:

  • WHEREAS, housing discrimination is inconsistent with the values of equal opportunity and fairness which we cherish and aspire to as citizens of the United States of America and of the State of Hawaii;
  • WHEREAS, the Fair Housing Act has since been expanded to protect discrimination on the basis of disability and familial status;
  • WHEREAS, Chapter 515, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which is the state equivalent to the Fair Housing Act, was expanded in 2005 to prohibit discriminatory practices on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Hawaii’s governor is encouraging folks to attend free fair housing education seminars offered in each county, and to join with state and county officials in working to eliminate discrimination in housing by increasing public awareness of our laws in that regard.

Now, if only Da Gov can do something about the rent. Too damn high.

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