LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board voted in favor of her motion to proclaim April as “Fair Housing Month.”

“A closer examination of U.S. history demonstrates the battle for fair housing spans over several decades – starting with the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII (Act), which guarantees the right to equal housing opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Despite these efforts to curb discrimination, we continue to see residents, disproportionately those who derive from communities of color lacking access to fair housing options.

More recently, the pandemic has exposed these deep disparities particularly across the housing sector that impact community health. That is why, we at the County, are committed to addressing this issue by providing educational resources to help residents navigate the housing market. By proclaiming the month of April as “Fair Housing Month” we are creating educational opportunities to showcase the County’s resources that promote and support fair housing activities.

This includes activities managed by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) to provide fair housing services that address a wide variety of landlord-tenant issues: evictions, illegal entries, harassment, refusals to rent, pets, lockouts, substandard conditions, and repairs.

Through this proclamation, LA County is reminded of the ongoing work since the Civil Rights Act of 1968 to ensure every resident is housed and aware of their rights.”

The passage of this motion recognizes the value and importance of the rights guaranteed under Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, its amendments and expansions, and commit to the furtherance of the Act’s goals and ideals.

To view the motion, click here.

CONTACT:

Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov

Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov