During the Osceola County Commission’s Board meeting on April 1, the Board officially proclaimed April 2024 as National Fair Housing Month in Osceola County, recognizing the unwavering commitment of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS to ensuring fair and equal housing opportunities for all citizens.

This recognition took place in a collaborative effort with the Osceola County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), highlighting the continuous efforts to uphold the principles and intentions set forth by Congress in the realm of housing.

James Lowe, President of the Board of Directors for the Osceola County Association of Realtors, expressed his gratitude, stating, “Thank you to the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners for recognizing April 2024 as National Fair Housing Month. REALTORS® pledge to maintain honesty and impartiality in promoting fair housing and adhering to legal mandates. This dedication is particularly pronounced during Fair Housing Month, as we commemorate the universal opportunity for all individuals to pursue the dream of homeownership.”

The Fair Housing Act, a cornerstone in the fight against housing discrimination and segregation, was enacted 56 years ago, on April 11, 1968. It serves to eliminate racial segregation and prevent discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, national origin, and disability. It further mandates that recipients of federal funding actively further fair housing in their communities.

Each April, the Osceola County Association of REALTORS® dedicates efforts to commemorating the Fair Housing Act through various events and educational resources aimed at illuminating the issues of housing discrimination and segregation. This year marks a century since the establishment of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS® in 1924.

Now celebrating 100 years as a beacon for the real estate industry in Central Florida, the association supports over 5,800 REALTORS® and affiliate members with programs, services, continuing education, and advocacy efforts.

The Osceola County Association of REALTORS offer its members a diverse range of classes and professional designation and certification courses at no cost. This is just one of the organization’s exclusive benefits. For more information on becoming a member or learning more about all their benefits and services, visit  OsceolaRealtors.Org.

The proclamation event was a significant moment, with members of the Osceola County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) and the Osceola County Association of REALTORS® coming together to accept the Fair Housing Month proclamation from the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners, underscoring a united front in the pursuit of fair housing for all.