GENESEO, N.Y., Apr. 18, 2023 – The Livingston County Board of Supervisors has declared April 2023 to be Fair Housing Month as the County celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Signed into law nearly six decades ago, the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination by landlords, real estate companies, banks, lending institutions, homeowner’s insurance companies and others based on race, creed or color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability. Specifically, the Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are buying or renting a home, obtaining a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other home-related activities.
“The Fair Housing Act has played an integral role in protecting families from all backgrounds from discriminatory practices,” said David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. “This landmark legislation has promoted civil rights and fostered opportunity through housing that has had a positive impact on economic development throughout Livingston County.”
Locally, Livingston County is also dedicated to the principles of the Fair Housing Act through programs like the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which enables the lowest income households in New York State to rent quality, safe housing in the private housing market by providing rental assistance. Additionally, the County works with various organizations though its Department of Social Services to spread awareness and educate residents on housing-related programs.
Learn more about the Fair Housing Act by visiting the Department of Justice’s website. To learn more about different programs offered through New York State, please visit the Livingston County Department of Social Services website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.