Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in recognition of the 47th anniversary of the signing of the federal Fair Housing Law under the Civil Rights Act.
“Unlawful discrimination is still present, particularly in the case of families with young children, so the fight against housing discrimination must continue,” Patterson said. “I hope that the declaration of April as Fair Housing Month in Oakland County will increase awareness of fair housing laws and those who work to protect individuals in their search for housing of their choice.
Fair housing laws guarantee all citizens equal opportunity in securing housing of their choice regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, religion, disability or family status. Laws apply to the sale, rental, financing and advertising of housing nationwide.
Oakland County’s Community & Home Improvement Division will assist residents in cases of suspected housing discrimination. Inquiries should be directed to a housing counselor at (248) 858-1891.