Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018

RECOGNIZES RIGHTS OF ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS TO HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

The Morris County Freeholders have proclaimed April 2018 as Fair Housing Month in Morris County, marking the 50th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, a federal law that mandates equal housing opportunities for all residents.

photo at freeholder board meeting: (l/r) Freeholders Deborah Smith and Christine Myers, Tim Tansey, Russ Hall, Osman Davies, and Freeholders Tom Mastrangelo, Kathy DeFillippo, and John Cesaro

(l/r) Freeholders Deborah Smith and Christine Myers, Tim Tansey, Russ Hall, Osman Davies, and Freeholders Tom Mastrangelo, Kathy DeFillippo, and John Cesaro

“On this 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, it is most appropriate to call public attention to the fact that all Americans have a right to fair housing opportunities. But many residents in our state and nation, and even some here in Morris County, do not have adequate housing for themselves and their families,’’ said Deputy Freeholder Director Christine Myers.

“The right to live where you choose, to raise a family and own a home in dignity, without fear of discrimination is a fundamental right to all of our residents,’’ added Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, the board’s liaison on human services issues.’’

The proclamation was issued at last week’s (March 28) freeholder work session in Morristown to Morris County Community Development Director Tim Tansey; Russ Hall, chair of the Housing Alliance of Morris County; and Osman Davies, chair of the Morris County Fair Housing Committee.

For more information on fair/affordable housing in Morris County, visit:

http://www.hcdnnj.org/morrishousingalliance or https://humanrelations.morriscountynj.gov/committees/housing-committee/

photo: At the freeholder meeting, Russ Hall details the importance of housing opportunities to Freeholders Myers and Smith

At the freeholder meeting, Russ Hall details the importance of housing opportunities to Freeholders Myers and Smith

THE PROCLAMATION:

Whereas, April, 2018 has been designated as 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; and

Whereas,  the right to live where you choose, to raise a family, to own a home in dignity and without fear of discrimination is a fundamental right guaranteed to all, and cannot be denied to anyone because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital or familial status; and

Whereas, April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the federal civil rights law adopted in 1968 that provides for equal housing opportunities for all; and

Whereas, the County of Morris and the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders strongly support the Fair Housing Act and fair housing opportunities for all individuals and families in Morris County;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, on behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Morris County, New Jersey, that I, Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana proclaim the month of April 2018 as “Fair Housing Month” in Morris County, and offer our support of the Fair Housing Act and fair housing opportunities for every American.

Douglas R. Cabana, Director