To the Editor:
As has become customary, each year by way of Proclamation, Columbia County reaffirms its commitment to Fair Housing and joins with Our Nation to commemorate April as Fair Housing Month. Signed into law on April 11, 1968, by then President Lyndon B. Johnson the Federal Fair Housing Act is designed to protect tenants and home buyers from housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familia status (families with children under the age of 18). The Act guarantees to all, the right to choose where they wish to live so long as it is affordable to them. New York State Housing Law expands these protected characteristics to include, age, marital status, military status, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Anyone who feels they are experiencing or have experienced discrimination based on one or more of the above protected characteristics should call the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at: 800-669-9777 (TTY: 800-927-9275) or the New York State Division of Human Rights at: 888-392-3644 (TTY: 718-741-8300)
In keeping with its mission, the Columbia County Fair Housing Department welcomes hearing from all those seeking information about Fair Housing and from those who feel their Rights as Tenants, under New York State Law are being violated. All callers will be advised of their rights under the law and, when necessary referred to the agency or agencies that can best address their particular housing issues.
For more information contact: William Fisher Columbia County Fair Housing Officer, 401 State St., Hudson.