The Fair Housing Act was passed in April 1968 with the hopeful goal of eliminating racial segregation and ending housing discrimination.
All these years later, we know those noble goals are still elusive.
We must do better.
As I declare this month of April Fair Housing Month in the City of Newton, we rededicate ourselves to speak and act in favor of opening doors to housing across our City and in all 13 villages to people of all economic means, all ages, all races, all ethnicities; to evaluate policies and procedures and to make decisions about zoning, development, affordable housing and transportation through the lens of equal opportunity; and to continue the work on all fronts to live up to the ideals enshrined in the landmark Fair Housing Act so we can truly bring alive Newton’s core values of respect, diversity, and acceptance.
A fundamental step in furthering fair housing is education.