Fair Housing in Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland, Florida REALTORS® commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
Lakeland REALTORS®, an association dedicated to helping Florida homeowners, was proud to join forces with the National Association of REALTORS® in order to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The act was first passed in 1968 and later amended in order to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin.
In an interview with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, association President J. Kyle Vreeland shared why marking the act’s anniversary was important, “REALTORS® continue to recognize the significance of this important act and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law.”
Vreeland also shared that, “Fair housing protects the American Dream of homeownership for all citizens, and Lakeland REALTORS® looks forward to commemorating the anniversary and supporting the development of healthy and diverse communities.”
The association read a proclamation at a City Commission meeting in April that announced their support of the act, and reaffirmed their commitment to raising awareness around the act’s continued importance. Additionally, they purchased ad space in local print and social media to ensure that Lakeland residents would be reminded of the importance of the Fair Housing Act. Lastly, the Lakeland team came together to make video that showed REALTORS® announcing that, “Fair Housing Makes Us Stronger” in different languages.
Vreeland shares that, “REALTORS® work hard to build strong communities and neighborhoods where all people can live and prosper.” Melissa Sanchez, the association’s Communications & Community Outreach Director, echos Vreeland’s statement and said that the association will continue to be on the lookout for more opportunities to talk about the Fair Housing Act.
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