BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Creating equal access to affordable housing in Louisiana. That’s the promise the state’s Housing Corporation and the governor are making, to commemorate the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

“Now, therefore, I, John Bel Edwards, Governor of the State of Louisiana do hereby proclaim April 2022 as fair housing month in the state of Louisiana,” said Edwards.

Marking the 54th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Gov. Edwards called the anniversary an occasion for all Americans to rededicate themselves to the principle of freedom. 

“What I can tell you is it is extremely important, but it’s not a piece of history because it’s as important today as it was the day it was enacted,” said Edwards.

It was a landmark 1968 civil rights act that attempted to push back on decades of housing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, and other biases. Even today as communities are still recovering from natural disasters, Gov. Edwards said there is still a ways to go.

“The truth is we would still be challenged around housing had we not had a single natural disaster, that’s true for any state but it is more true for states like ours where for too long we’ve had too many people living in poverty,” said Edwards.

The Louisiana Housing Corporation also launched the inaugural V. Jean Butler Housing Heroes to honor a few of the many local heroes furthering fair housing in our state, as well as honoring the pioneer for fair housing in Louisiana herself, V. Jean Butler. 

“There are many, many, many people in our state in need of the facilities that we offer. We got a lot of wonderful country people and we can’t ever forget that they too are Louisianans,” said Butler, “We have to see that our citizens live comfortable.”