FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month across the community, and city officials agree that fair housing is essential.
“The City of Fairborn is committed to addressing discrimination in the community, supporting programs to educate the public about the right to equal housing, opportunities and planned partnership efforts with other organizations to help assure every American their right to fair housing,” Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick said as he read the proclamation during the latest regular council meeting April 3 designating April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Fairborn.
April is recognized as Fair Housing Month in celebration of the the Fair Housing Act becoming law after the passing of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to hud.gov, the Fair Housing Act means community members can live in any neighborhood and be free of discrimination. Kirkpatrick highlighted that Tuesday, April 11, would mark the 49th-anniversary of the legislature’s passage, which is why April is traditionally designated as Fair Housing Month by the United States president and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“[The] Fair Housing Act, as amended … enunciated a national policy of fair housing, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability, and encourage fair housing opportunities for all citizens,” Kirkpatrick said during the proclamation. “Now whereas the principal of fair housing is not only law, but a basic human necessity and … right inscribed in the constitution in the state of Ohio.”
He also encouraged citizens to familiarize themselves with the rights protected by the Fair Housing Act and express a commitment to fair housing for all members of the community. Neighborhood Betterment Director Missy Frost explained that fair housing is a right for all, but is still an issue deserving of being talked about.
“If you ever see any issues, hear of anything that could be discriminatory in any nature, please make sure you reach out to me and we will resolve that and figure out what’s going on,” Frost said.
For more information about Fairborn’s Neighborhood Betterment Division, visit https://ci.fairborn.oh.us/159/Neighborhood-Betterment-Division or contact Frost at 937-754-3060.
Reach Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.