The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, declares that it is the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States. The Act prohibits, among other things, discrimination in the sale, rental, and finance of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability.
The City of Salisbury is committed to affirmatively furthering the purposes and policies of the Fair Housing Act within its jurisdiction. As a U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) program participant, the City is committed to take meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation and unequal treatment, reduce racial or ethnic concentrations of poverty, achieve truly balanced and integrated living patterns, promote fair housing choice and access to opportunity, and foster inclusive communities where housing is available regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability, thereby expanding economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life.
On December 5, 2018, Salisbury City Council passed a Resolution of Intent establishing the Fair Housing Committee to be made up of four (4) members of the Human Relations Council; four (4) members of Housing Advocacy Commission; the Salisbury Community Development Corporation Program Director or designee; and seven (7) at-large members with demonstrated interest or experience related to fair housing to be appointed by City Council. It is the intent of City Council that the committee be representative of the community and that it maintains a fair and balanced diversity of perspectives. All members must reside or be employed within the jurisdiction of the City of Salisbury.