"Creating Equal Opportunity in Every Community - Live Free From Housing Discrimination"
Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has declared April as Oakland County Fair Housing Month, in recognition of the 44th anniversary of the signing of the Federal Fair Housing Act.
"There is ample evidence to indicate that unlawful discrimination is widespread so the fight against housing discrimination must continue," Patterson said. "I hope that this declaration of April as Oakland County Fair Housing Month will increase awareness of the fair housing laws and the various organizations working to protect individuals in their search for housing of their choice."
The act as well as other state and federal laws protects buyers or renters of a dwelling from seller/landlord discrimination based on sex, color, race, age, religion, national origin, disability, family or marital status.
A housing counselor is available to all Oakland County residents to assist in cases of suspected discrimination. Inquiries may be directed to the Oakland County housing counselor at 248-858-5402, or to the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit at 313-963-1274.