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Your Guide To April

Plus, showering you with April's key dates!




National Walking Day


Walking is a powerful tool for health, with benefits ranging from improved cardiovascular fitness to better sleep. Start today and make walking part of your daily routine!


National Pet Day


Furry or feathered, warm-blooded or cold-blooded, pets give us companionship, connection, and unconditional love. Celebrate your pet today with ear scratches, treats, or an extra walk!


Passover

This eight-day holiday is a celebration of freedom, rich in the traditions of food, storytelling, and rituals, like the symbolic Passover seder meal.




Easter


The earliest record of dyed Easter eggs was in the court of King Edward I in 1290. Now, Americans decorate 180 million eggs each year!




Earth Day


Each year, more than 1 billion people commit to environmental action on this day.* Will you join them? From stepping up your recycling to planting a tree, you can make a difference! In Billerica you can sign up to Join Billerica Clean Up Green Up on Saturday April 23 to help beautify Billerica!




Shakespeare Day


It’s the Bard’s 458th birthday! Read a play, watch a film adaptation, or spend the day talking like Shakespeare. “All the world’s a stage,” so have fun with it!






Owning a home has traditionally been part of the American dream, but historically, some groups of people have had a harder time achieving that goal. Fair Housing Month commemorates the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act, a landmark law that protects renters and buyers from housing discrimination. But what does that mean? Here’s a breakdown of fair housing provisions and resources to learn more.



Who is Protected?


The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on any of the following:



What Does Fair Housing Mean for Homebuyers and Sellers?


At its most basic, the Fair Housing Act ensures that when you’re buying a home, you will be treated fairly. It creates a level playing field for all homebuyers, ensuring that everyone has the same access to housing.


As a seller, it means treating all prospective buyers equally. Fair Housing standards also apply to real estate professionals, mortgage lenders, landlords, and anyone else involved in the housing process.



For a full description of what Fair Housing rules cover, visit the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) website.

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