Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has declared April to be “Fair Housing Month” in Morris County to increase the public’s awareness of the fact that every American has a right to fair housing opportunities.

The freeholders on March 23 presented a resolution stating their strong support of fair housing opportunities for all individuals and families to Keith Murphy, assistant program director for the Market Street Mission in Morristown.

Murphy also chairs the Morris County Human Relations Commission’s Housing Committee, which advocates fair housing practices.

“The right of an individual to live where he or she chooses, without fear of discrimination is a fundamental right that is guaranteed to all, and cannot be denied to anyone because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital or familial status,” the resolution states.

The freeholder resolution also recognizes the adoption of the Fair Housing Act, the federal civil rights law adopted by Congress in 1968 that provides for equal housing opportunity for all.