State and federal statutes provide laws that outline fair and just housing practices across the country. 

At yesterday’s city council meeting, the City of Lone Grove resolved to practice fair housing laws in accordance with state and federal laws already in place. The resolution declared the city’s intent to implement programs to ensure equal opportunity in housing for “all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.” The city also included that the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 also covers disabled persons and families with children. 

The city’s resolution says they will, within their resources, assist any who feel they’ve been discriminated against as a member of those protected classes. 

The resolution was followed by a mayoral proclamation that April 2018 be declared Fair Housing Month. Mayor Jeff Matthews encouraged citizens of the city to implement the provisions of the acts. It also declared the city’s clerk as the Fair Housing Activities Coordinator and requested anyone promoting the declaration to inform her so they can be recognized.