HGAR to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Fair Housing Act at July 12 Event

Real Estate In-Depth | June 2018

TARRYTOWN—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is joining Realtor, real estate and housing advocacy organizations across the country in marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act this year.

HGAR is holding a special program in commemoration of the Fair Housing Act on Thursday, July 12 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. The program, which is exclusively for HGAR members at no cost, will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. HGAR has lined up an impressive list of speakers for the event that include:

• Raj Rajpal, vice-chairman, AREAA International Committee (Asian Real Estate Association of America);

• Kellee Buhler, president, New York Northeast Chapter, FIABCI, the international real estate federation;

• Lisa Ortiz Rodriguez, president, NYC Chapter, NAGLREP (National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals);

• Joel Colman, president Westchester/Bronx chapter, NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals); and

• Marlene Zarfes, Fair Housing director, WRO (Westchester Residential Opportunities).

Sponsors for the event at press time include Lighthouse Environmental Consultants and the National Tenant Network. Additional sponsorships are available. For more information contact Mary Prenon at HGAR at (914) 681-08333 or at mary.prenon@hgar.com.

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly known as the “Fair Housing Act.” The legislation was co-sponsored by then U.S. Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale.

President Johnson said when signing the Fair Housing legislation, “At long last, fair housing for all is now a part of the American way of life. We have come some of the way—not near all of it.”

The month of June is National Homeownership Month. National Association of Realtors President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor from Columbia, MI and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, said Realtors should take time this month to celebrate and promote the modern American Dream of owning a home.

“Homeownership changes lives and enhances futures, and many Americans see it as one of their greatest hopes,” Mendenhall said. “These individuals are counting on the nation’s 1.3 million Realtors to champion and protect homeownership and help make it more affordable, attainable and sustainable.”

She added, “Realtors pledge to continue to lead efforts to ensure that the dream of homeownership is not only possible, but very real, for any and all who want to achieve it, so they can have a place of their own to make memories, start growing their financial futures, and build strong communities.”