Shaping the next 50 years of Fair Housing in Texas

Leaders, experts, advocates and policy makers will gather in Austin next week to celebrate the impact of the Fair Housing Act over the past 50 years – and take a hard look at how to break through remaining barriers to fair housing.

The 2018 Fair Housing Summit, from April 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center, will discuss and assess the past, present and future of fair housing in Austin and across the country.

It will feature (on April 3 at 10:00 a.m.) a keynote speech from former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Barack Obama, Julián C. Castro. Other speakers will include Anna Maria Farias, HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and Joseph A Pelletier, Director of HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program.

The Summit, presented by the City of Austin and the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs, seeks to honor the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968. The Act extended the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 by declaring segregation and discrimination in housing opportunities and public accommodations illegal.

Through presentations, case law updates, educational engagement and a trade show, the 2018 Fair Housing Summit aims to share best practice to affirmatively further fair housing, while provoking conversations about current policy models and future challenges.

The Summit’s full schedule can be found at

Many of the sessions are open to media. Journalists interested in attending specific sessions should contact Lahoma Dade at info or (512) 270-8796 by Friday March 30.


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