Tyler Mayor Martin Heines has declared April as Fair Housing Month. Fair Housing Month encourages all citizens to recognize and support fair housing opportunities for all and commit to continued partnerships with agencies, individuals, and businesses furthering fair housing goals

The City of Tyler Neighborhood Services Housing Authority and staff will be celebrating Fair Housing Month on Friday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff will provide information about the Housing Choice Voucher, Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Housing Infill Program (HIP), First-Time Homebuyer, Family Self-Sufficiency, Code Enforcement, New Construction and Demolition programs.

April commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and its promise of equal housing for all Americans.  The Fair Housing Act, also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968, by President Lyndon B. Johnson to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal housing opportunities in every community.

Observance of Fair Housing Month fosters a better sense of understanding, acceptance and appreciation for the diversity in our neighborhoods and throughout our community. Under federal and state fair housing laws, all residents of Tyler have equal access to housing regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and veteran status.