50th Anniversary Celebration of the Fair Housing Act Symposium begins

Posted at 6:23 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 02:29:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Fifty years ago, the Fair Housing Act was signed, ensuring every family - regardless of race and gender - would be afforded the same housing opportunities.

Our Jada Williams is live in Tallahassee with the breakdown of an event planned today to commemorate that act---

The two-day event will take a look 50 years ago at the societal factors that led to the need for the Fair Housing Act, then assess how far we have come and how far we still have to go.

The symposium is sponsored by the non-profits Big Bend Community Development Corporation and the Corporation for Community and economic Development United Housing Partnership.

They will address how the housing market changed after the act was signed as it related to civil rights issues, barring discrimination based on race, gender, religion and other factors during the sale, lease or rental of a home.

But many say that there is still work to be done 50 years later

Now the organizations, along with other groups and leaders from the city of Tallahassee, Leon County and Gadsden County are making sure the needs of the community are addressed both with this symposium and with new affordable housing developments.

The apartments he's referencing are the Casanas Village at Frenchtown Square. Set to open right in one of Tallahassee's black communities, the apartments will offer affordable yet top of the line housing.

They're still accepting applicants and are looking to open in late June.

If you would like to attend the symposium, it starts today at the Four Points by Sheraton at 1 p.m. and continues Thursday.