Columbus, OH – August 11, 2008 – (RealEstateRama) — Fair and affordable housing is a paramount issue for Ohio and Ohioans. Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher today announced that the Greene County and City of Xenia Fair Housing Consortium will receive a $20,000 grant to assist with fair housing efforts. The funds will be awarded through the New Horizons Fair Housing Assistance Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Development.
“Increased awareness of fair housing laws is necessary in ensuring that all Ohioans have access to safe and secure living conditions,” said Lt. Governor Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The New Horizons Fair Housing Assistance Program will help Greene County provide the proper educational materials and support to their residents that are most in need of fair and affordable housing.”
Greene County and City of Xenia Fair Housing Consortium will use the funds to increase fair housing awareness by conducting a series of landlord/tenant educational workshops and a county-wide outreach program designed to inform participants about housing discrimination and its potential effect on communities.
The New Horizons Fair Housing Assistance Program provides funds to local governments, or consortia of local governments, to affirmatively further fair housing in addition to those activities funded through the standard fair housing program. Affirmative fair housing strategies are to be based on locally assessed needs and commitments, as well as to further the state’s fair housing goal.
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