Ruth LaForge, community development director for the Upper Savannah Council of Governments, addresses Greenwood County Council about Fair Housing Month during council’s Mar. 18 administration and finance committee meeting.
2014 Fair Housing Act Public Service Announcement
The Fair Housing Act is Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, and it prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents, legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and disability.
If you think your rights have been violated related to housing discrimination contact the HUD Atlanta Regional Office at 800-440-8091 for further information.
Greenwood County Council passed a resolution designating April as Fair Housing Month throughout Greenwood County.
Ruth LaForge, community development director for the Upper Savannah Council of Governments, appeared before council during the March 18 council meeting. LaForge said there were certain requirements for any community receiving Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Council must pass a resolution designating April as Fair Housing month, run a fair housing public service announcement and set up a booth with fair housing information at a local festival or event.
Council passed the resolution at their March 18 regular meeting. The public service announcements will run throughout the month of April on various media platforms. The booth with fair housing information will likely be set up during the annual Festival of Discovery in Uptown Greenwood.
Greenwood County currently has three CDBGs. Two of the grants are in conjunction with Greenwood Metropolitan District, one for the Grendel sewer upgrade and one for the Stockman branch sewer upgrade. The county also received a regional planning grant for staff support.
“I think (the resolution) sets the agenda that local government is supportive of fair housing,” Council chairman Mark Allison said. “Everyone in Greenwood County needs to know that (council) is supportive of fair housing and it will be enforced in our community.”
Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014
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I guess the council doesn't have anything else to do.