Marion County commissioners have designated April as Fair Housing Act Month.
The designation, which was made during the Marion County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, highlights the Fair Housing Act, also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Fair Housing Act which prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, familial status, or disability. The act states that it is discriminatory to refuse to rent or sell housing, evict, harass, or impose different pricing based on any of those terms.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees the Fair Housing Act and handles claims of housing discrimination, and Marion County Community Services works closely with the HUD.
Marion County Community Services is celebrating Fair Housing Month by raising awareness of the act and drawing attention to all of the work that is done to establish fair rules for renting and owning a home in the United States.
Cheryl Martin, Director of Community Services, said, “The Fair Housing Act provides Marion County residents and housing organizations with awareness of the rules and regulations, as well as all the housing opportunities we have here in Marion.”
The proclamation at the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting encourages all citizens of the Marion County community to support and endorse fair housing, reaffirm their commitment to fair housing for everyone, and recognize those rights and responsibilities not just during the month of April, but throughout the year.