Essex County Freeholders Honor Orange Housing Authority and Orange Housing Development Corporation and Proclaimed April 2019 as National Fair Housing Month in Essex County

President of the OrangeHousing Development Corporation Dr. Walter McNeil (holding Commendation) and Chairman of the Orange Housing Authority Ernest Williams (center) acceptthe Board’s Commendation.Alsopictured are (left to right) Freeholder President Brendan Gill, FreeholderCarlos Pomares, Freeholder Robert Mercado, and Freeholder Patricia Sebold. PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON

(Bloomfield, NJ) –During its Wednesday, April10, 2019,meeting at Bloomfield Town Hall, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the Orange Housing Authority(OHA)and the Orange Housing DevelopmentCorporation (OHDC) and proclaimed April 2019 as National Fair Housing Month. The Commendation wassponsored by Freeholder President Brendan Gill.

The Orange Housing Authority and the Orange Housing DevelopmentCorporationare organizationsthat strive to ensure safe, decent, affordable housing, and to end housing discrimination. Their missionis to help families and residentssecure opportunities to live in an environmentin which they can fulfill their potential.

In addition to helping families transcend their living experience, they have also advocated for initiatives to expedite the foreclosure and redevelopment process for vacant and abandoned real estate.They have partnered with the City of Orange to revitalize the Central and East Ward, assisted with the enforcement of building codes and neighborhood development, and have continued to make progressive moves under the current economic climateto meet the needs of Orange residents.

Last year,the Fair Housing Act celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The act was designed to protect Americans from discriminations in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on color, race,national origin and religion, and it was later extended to sex, disability and family status.

District 5 Freeholder Carlos Pomares, Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold, District 1 Freeholder Robert Mercado, and District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano were also on hand to commend the Orange Housing Authority andthe Orange Housing DevelopmentCorporation.

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For Additional Information:
Kyalo Mulumba, Public Information Officer
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
973-621-4452 (phone) 973-621-5695 (fax)