Woodbridge, VA. March 30, 2018For decades, Realtors® – members of the National Association of Realtors® – have supported a free, open market that embraces fairness and equal opportunity for all buyers and sellers. Members of the REALTOR® Association of Prince William (PWAR) strongly support the Fair Housing Act, legislation first passed in 1968 and now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin.

This year, Realtors® from PWAR will join Realtors® across the country to embark on a yearlong commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act to raise awareness for fair housing issues.

“Realtors® continue to recognize the significance of this important act and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law, as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for a home or property. Realtors® work hard to build strong communities and neighborhoods where all people can live and prosper,” said April Thomas, CEO of PWAR.  

Over the years, NAR has developed educational information on diversity and fair housing laws, programs and resources that have helped educate Realtors® across the country on the importance of inclusive housing practices and the promotion of diverse homeownership. During the yearlong commemoration, NAR will further examine community fair housing issues and advocate for changes to the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

PWAR staff reading to Dale City Elementary School second grade class.

Realtors® will focus on three key elements in 2018: acknowledging the organization’s changing role in the fight for fair housing, understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing and ways Realtors® strive to lead efforts to address fair housing policy issues.

“Fair housing protects the American Dream of homeownership for all citizens, and PWAR looks forward to commemorating the anniversary and supporting the development of healthy and diverse communities,” Thomas said.

Additionally, PWAR is promoting the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act by offering its Realtors® various educational programming throughout the month of April such as an At Home With Diversity certification and film viewing and discussion of the documentary A Man Named Pearl. PWAR has also partnered up with local Boys & Girls club to organize a Fair Housing Art Contest for students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade and will be reading the book The Fair Housing Five and the Haunted House to local elementary schools.

For more information, visit www.FairHousing.realtor to learn about the commemoration, find materials and resources, and see what Realtors® are doing in the local area to advance fair housing.