April is Fair Housing Awareness Month in the Lehigh Valley
The Mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton and the County Executives of Lehigh County and Northampton County have proclaimed April as Fair Housing Awareness Month in honor of the signing of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Now more than ever, we need to understand and promote fair housing rights.
Happy Anniversary to the Fair Housing Act, and a special thank you to everyone who works to eliminate housing discrimination.
Full proclamation text below:
Fair Housing Awareness Month
WHEREAS, April marks the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which sought to eliminate discrimination in housing opportunities and to affirmatively further housing choices for all Americans; and
WHEREAS, there are still too many violations of fair housing laws occurring each year; and
WHEREAS, since the introduction of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, civil rights protections in housing continue to evolve; and
WHEREAS, with increased knowledge on the subject of fair housing, the welfare of all will improve; and
WHEREAS, we must continue to strive for equal housing opportunity for all; and
WHEREAS, the ongoing struggle for dignity and housing opportunity for all is not the exclusive province of the Federal government; and
WHEREAS, vigorous local efforts to combat discrimination can be as effective, if not more so, than Federal efforts; and
WHEREAS, illegal barriers to equal opportunity in housing, no matter how subtle, diminish the rights of all;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, and the County Executives of Lehigh County and Northampton County, do hereby proclaim April 2020 as Fair Housing Awareness Month. We encourage all agencies, institutions and individuals, public and private, in Lehigh and Northampton Counties to abide by the letter and spirit of the Fair Housing Act.
Ray O'Connell, Mayor of Allentown
Robert J. Donchez, Mayor of Bethlehem
Salvatore J. Panto, Jr., Mayor of Easton
Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County Executive
Lamont G. McClure, Jr., Northampton County Executive