HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - This April marks the 51st anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which has prompted Governor Jim Justice to proclaim April as Fair Housing Month in West Virginia.
"Under the Fair Housing act of 1968, you can't have discrimination in housing within your community," said Region VI Executive Director Sheena Hunt. "That's basically what the tenant is to follow the regulations on fair housing."
Ahead of the anniversary, municipalities like Bridgeport on Monday night, are passing their yearly resolutions to provide inclusive housing for all residents.
"The importance of it is to have fair housing for tenants who want to own, rent, or get a mortgage for housing so you can't discriminate."
With these resolutions it's illegal to discriminate against someone based on their race, religion, gender, national origin, or handicaps.
Municipalities adopting the fair housing resolutions must also make it known to the public, like Bridgeport is with their plan to hang a poster at city hall.
"They can use advertising, putting notices in the newspapers and up on bulletin boards, as well as using the Fair Housing logo on letterheads and that type of thing so that people can see they're following what the federal guidelines are saying about housing," said Hunt
Advertising fair housing is one way cities can positively further equal opportunities. Other ways include changing their zoning laws and policies, as well as providing resources to residents about housing, which Hunt says helps boost NCWV'S development.
"It's good for economic development when people can come in and find housing and opportunities that are going to keep them here to live and work here."