April 15, 2019 marks the 51st anniversary of the passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, which is well known as the Fair Housing Act.
The Act outlaws discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing, because of race, color, ancestral status, religion, sex, physical/mental disability, marital status, or national origin.
The Fair Housing Act reflects America’s willingness and determination to ensure that appropriate housing and services exist and are available to everyone, without discrimination. That includes the stages of life so one can remain in the community as they grow older. It enforces housing opportunities and supportive services for those who have mobility or sensory impairment, developmental or emotional disabilities, or mental illness. It allows low income working families to compete in the housing market, and provides affordable housing for these families to rent or buy.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is committed and dedicated to the principles on which the Fair Housing Act is grounded, and to encourage all citizens to abide by the letter and spirit of the Fair Housing Act, desires to designate the month of April 2019, as Fair Housing Month.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners proclaimed that the month of April 2019 be known as Fair Housing Month in Calvert County. It was further proclaimed that all citizens are urged to celebrate the value of harmonious and diverse communities of neighbors and support the goal of equal housing opportunities for all people.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon