City reaffirms support of safe, affordable housing for all
Wilson city officials have renewed their commitment to promoting good, safe and affordable housing for all members of the community.
Mayor Carlton Stevens recently proclaimed the month of April 2020 as Fair Housing Month in Wilson, N.C., which shows the city’s support for the U.S. Fair Housing Law.
Typically the Wilson City Council would hold a presentation at its April meeting and also the city’s Human Relations Office would hold Fair Housing workshops designed to promote home ownership. However, nearly all public events in April have been cancelled or restricted due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
The mayor’s proclamation reads as follows:
“WHEREAS, April 11, 2020 marks the 52nd anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which enunciates a national policy of fair housing for all who live in the United States; and
“WHEREAS, The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, disability and national origin; and
“WHEREAS, the City of Wilson is committed to highlight the Fair Housing Law by continuing to address discrimination in our community, to support programs that will educate the public about the right to equal housing opportunities, and to plan partnership efforts with other organizations to help assure every American of their right to Fair Housing; and
“WHEREAS, economic stability, community health, and human relations in all communities are improved by diversity and integration;
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, CARLTON STEVENS, Mayor of the City of Wilson, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2020 as Fair Housing Month in Wilson, N.C. I do further acknowledge the U.S. Fair Housing Law in Wilson and urge all citizens to wholeheartedly recognize this celebration throughout this month.”