Fifty Years of the Fair Housing Act

Apr 27, 2018

The Fair Housing Act is marking its 50th anniversary this month. It was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson just days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in April of 1968, and it prohibits discrimination based on the race, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability of the person wishing to buy or rent a home.

On this edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks about how far the country has come since the Fair Housing Act, as well as where there’s still room for improvement, with the housing coordinator for the City of Ames, Vanessa Baker-Latimer.

Other discussions this hour include conversations with: IPR’s statehouse correspondent, Joyce Russell; John Pemble, IPR producer and host of the podcast Under the Golden Dome; Democratic candidate for Iowa governor, Nate Boulton; Kim Norvell, growth and development reporter for The Des Moines Register; the executive director of the Raptor Resource Project, John Howe; and Fred Hubbell, a Democratic candidate for Iowa governor.