At the request of members of the Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS, Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings signed a proclamation designating April as Fair Housing Month in the city.
This April marks the 45th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.
Members of the Iowa Great Lakes Board of Realtors join colleagues across Iowa and the nation as they honor Fair Housing Month in April and celebrate fair housing opportunities for all citizens.
Jill Spurgin, above, and other area real estates are among those who have donated books to a dozen area preschools and elementary schools in support of Fair Housing Month this April. The books were specially chosen for their themes of diversity, inclusion and acceptance of others. Estherville programs received 'It's Okay to Be Different' and a Berenstain Bears book called 'New Neighbors'.
As the leading advocate for home ownership in the region, members of the board strongly support the Fair Housing Act and believe anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream.
The proclamation signed by Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings urges all citizens to wholeheartedly recognize this celebration throughout the year.