house resolution no.209

Rep. Dievendorf offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 2024 as Fair Housing Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Fair and equitable access to housing is a fundamental human right and essential for the well-being of all individuals and communities; and

Whereas, Systemic discrimination in housing on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, source of income, and criminal records in the tenant screening process perpetuates barriers to housing access, economic stability, and public safety, contributing to the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and recidivism; and

Whereas, A population of two to three million individuals in Michigan with criminal convictions highlights the urgent need to address housing barriers faced by this marginalized group and others, recognizing the importance of successful reintegration into society and reducing the risk of recidivism; and

Whereas, The principles of rehabilitation, second chances, and recognizing the potential for growth and change are foundational to creating a more just and inclusive society; and

Whereas, Collaborative efforts from housing providers, policymakers, community organizations, and support networks are crucial in implementing policies and initiatives that promote fair access to safe and affordable housing for all individuals, including those with criminal records; and

Whereas, Supportive housing programs, the adoption of "fair chance" policies, and robust reentry services are essential components in addressing housing barriers and promoting successful reintegration into society for individuals with criminal records;

Whereas, All Michiganders deserve a safe place to live, regardless of prior convictions; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 2024 as Fair Housing Month in the state of Michigan.