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At the April 17th Special Presentations, Mayor Stephen Shelley highlighted the observance of April as Fair Housing Month, as well as the 51st anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The annual observance is designed to bring awareness to Fair Housing practices and recommit the Fair Housing Act’s primary goals: to eliminate housing discrimination and to create equal opportunity for citizens in every community, including Homestead.
Mayor Shelley invited Carlos M. Perez, finance director of the City of Homestead, to the front of the Council Chambers to talk about the special proclamation. Perez explained, “The purpose of the proclamation is to bring awareness of the right to fair housing, whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, and your rights against discrimination of any kind.” He encouraged those in attendance to learn more about Fair Housing on the City of Homestead’s website and to pick up information following the presentation.
Mayor Shelley noted the importance of the annual observance, saying, “I’ve had the honor to make this proclamation on several occasions, even as Vice Mayor.”He then read the City of Homestead’s Fair Housing Month Proclamation, which highlighted that April 11, 2019 marked the 51st anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which enunciates a policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, familial status and handicap. The proclamation stated that the U.S. Housing Law is consistent with principles of equality and justice for all and encourages fair housing opportunities for all citizens.
In addition, the proclamation noted that “The City of Homestead, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, concerned citizens and the housing industry are working together to realize the dream of fair and affordable housing for all residents.”
The proclamation concluded, “The City of Homestead is committed to highlight the Fair Housing Law, by continuing to address discrimination in our community, to support programs that will educate the public about the right to equal housing opportunities, and to plan partnership efforts with other organizations to help ensure every American their right to fair housing.”
More About the Fair Housing Act:
Fair Housing policies in the United States were developed largely in the 1960s. Originally, the terms “fair housing” and “open housing” came from a political movement of the time to outlaw discrimination in the rental or purchase of homes and a broad range of other housing-related transactions, such as advertising, mortgage lending, homeowner's insurance and zoning.
Homestead residents can find information on fair housing and the Community Development Block Grant at www.cityofhomestead.com/cdbg. Or, for further information, call the City of Homestead’s Finance Department at 305-224-4553.