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April 6, 2007

County Housing Program Takes Part in Fair Housing Month

COMMITTEE ENCOURAGES FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES -The Oswego County Section 8 Housing Assistance Program is celebrating Fair Housing Month during April. Fair Housing Officer Dona Lee Falciatano and Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator Deborah Wise receive a proclamation from the Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee. From left are legislators Clayton Brewer, District 24; Fred Beardsley, District 9; Phillip Vasho, District 22; Falciatano; Wise; committee chairman Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; Jack Beckwith, District 21; and Paul Natoli, District 11.

April is Fair Housing Month in the United States. The Oswego County Fair Housing Office is doings its part to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status and disability in housing. Within New York State, discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, marital status and military status is also prohibited.

“Everyone deserves a safe place to live. Our office promotes and helps educate both young and old in the importance of fair housing issues in their communities,” said Dona Lee Falciatano, the Fair Housing Officer for Oswego County and coordinator of the county's Section 8 Housing Assistance Program.

The Housing Assistance Program is a division of the County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. The office is on the third floor of the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Oswego County Fair Housing Council was established in April 1991 and is made up of community leaders representing local government, businesses, and human service organizations. Its main function is to educate and promote equal opportunity within Oswego County's housing market.

“Members of the Fair Housing Council have the opportunity to address specific housing problems and develop creative strategies to improve housing in Oswego County,” said David Turner, Director of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The Oswego County Fair Housing Council members include Michele Cusyck, village of Pulaski; Patricia Fox, Family Self-Sufficiency Program; Roxanna Gillen, Oswego Housing Development Council, Inc.; John Heretyk, Oswego County Mental Health; Elizabeth Hirsch, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, Inc.; Reyne Pierce, Pathfinder Bank; Sabine Ingerson and Joanne Talamo, ARISE; Kenneth Parrotte, Fulton Savings Bank; Mary Vanouse and Lynn Barrett, City of Oswego Fair Housing and Community Development; Paul Vickery, Paul Vickery Insurance; Christine Weaver, Oswego County Department of Social Services, County Legislator Paul Santore, District 16, Oswego; Steven Gaffney, Community Bank; Joseph Roszak and Daniel Sanders, Oswego County Opportunities; and Falciatano.

The council is sponsoring its 18th annual fair housing coloring contest to support the awareness and importance of fair housing amongst the youth throughout Oswego County communities. The contest is co-sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank, Pathfinder Bank and Community Bank. Entry forms are available at the County Housing Assistance Office, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, and online at www.oswegocounty.com/planning. Savings bonds will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. Entries are due by April 30.

For more information, call the Oswego County Housing Assistance Office at 349-8263 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8263.

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