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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1998 (202) 616-2765
TDD (202) 514-1888
ADVISORY: ACTING ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CIVIL RIGHTS BILL
LANN LEE TO TRAVEL TO NEWARK TO MAKE A FAIR HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To mark the beginning of National Fair Housing Month, Bill Lann Lee, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, will travel to Newark, New Jersey, tomorrow to make an announcement concerning a racial discrimination housing case in Northern New Jersey.
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Housing Act. The law was passed by Congress to safeguard the right of all Americans to seek out affordable decent housing. The law makes it illegal for any person to discriminate against another seeking housing opportunities because of that person's race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or familial status.
The press conference will take place at:
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: 970 Broad Street, Newark
DATE: April 2, 1998
In 1989, the Fair Housing Act was amended to increase the amount of damages victims could obtain under the law. The amendment also ensures that all new construction and design begun after March 1, 1991 meet certain requirements of accessibility so that people with disabilities would have an equal opportunity to seek housing. Since that time, the Department has brought over 800 cases involving housing discrimination.
The press conference is open to all members of the media.