OSWEGO, NY – Mayor Tom Gillen signed a proclamation on March 24 declaring April 2014 to be Fair Housing Month in the city of Oswego.
This proclamation states that the strength of our nation, and all of its cities, flows from the promise of individual equality and freedom of choice and that this being the 46th anniversary of the National Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the city of Oswego will commemorate the occasion by collectively rededicating themselves to the principal of freedom of choice and to participate in efforts to eliminate vestiges of housing discrimination wherever they exist.
This law guarantees for each citizen that critical, personal element of freedom of choice in the selection of their home.
He also declared that Fair Housing is the policy of the city of Oswego and that implementation of Oswego’s policy requires the positive commitment, involvement and support of each one of Oswego’s citizens.
The Fair Housing Law was passed in 1968 and makes it illegal to discriminate against persons because of their race or color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status (including children under the age of 18, pregnant women or people securing custody of children under 18).
Some exceptions apply to senior citizen housing complexes, however discriminatory marketing and advertising, and ‘red lining’ of neighborhoods to prevent persons of minority races or religions from obtaining housing are illegal based upon the 1968 law.
Mayor Gillen asked the people of the city to reaffirm the commitment to fair housing opportunities for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, family status or handicap.