FRAMINGHAM – On April 11, 1968, just a week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, now known as the Fair Housing Act. Co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale , the Act eliminated housing discrimination and residential segregation in America.
April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, as well as the 30th anniversary of the creation of the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Yesterday, April 26, the Framingham Fair Housing Committee, chaired by Brandale Randolph, held a meeting to highlight the golden anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Framingham Mayor Spicer attended the first 10 minutes of the meeting and read a proclamation, declaring April Fair Housing Month and April 26 Fair Housing Day in the City of Framingham. (Watch video above.)
Mayor Spicer said it was her second proclamation she had issued, since becoming the City’s first mayor on January 1.
During the meeting, Salomon Chiquiar-Rabinovich, an equal opportunity specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave a presentation.
“Fair housing is not just an important tool for eliminating discrimination; it also helps to strengthen families, communities, businesses, and our overall economy. Fulfillment of the letter and spirit of the law means that every community can be a place of opportunity where people can live in diverse, inclusive, accessible neighborhoods with quality schools, healthy foods, meaningful jobs, health care, green spaces, quality credit, and the other opportunities that frame and affect our lives,” according to the National Fair Housing Alliance.
The Framingham Fair Housing Committee is one of the City’s Committees with the most vacancies.
The Framingham Fair Housing Committee works to promote access to decent, safe and affordable housing for all segments of the community to the maximum extent feasible.
The Committee is supposed to be comprised of 13 members, but the committee has five vacancies and three members’ terms have expired. Three other members’ terms end on June 20, 2018.
Four members on the Framingham Fair Housing Committee are ex-officio appointments for 1-year terms and represent the Human Relations Commission, the Community & Economic Development Department, the Planning Board and the Framingham Housing Authority.
The nine other members should be broadly representative of segments of the community, active and interested in the housing market, according to the City’s website.