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Will County, City of Joliet, Housing Authority partner on fair housing study

Michael Simelton, chief executive officer of the Housing Authority of Joliet, addresses a small gathering of city officials and former Des Plaines Gardens residents Friday, June 24, during a demolition ceremony for the public housing complex in Joliet.
Michael Simelton, chief executive officer of the Housing Authority of Joliet, addresses a small gathering of city officials and former Des Plaines Gardens residents Friday, June 24, during a demolition ceremony for the public housing complex in Joliet.

The Land Use Department of Will County has joined the City of Joliet and the Housing Authority of Joliet to conduct an assessment of fair housing.

The county is required to confirm and further opportunities for fair housing as a recipient of Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, according to a news release. The county’s “We WILL Build” initiative seeks to expand the range of opportunities for all by collaborating and advocating for opportunities, options and diversity in housing throughout Will County.

“Our Land Use Department does a tremendous job to ensure safe housing for our residents,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh said. “We are proud of our efforts to restore and preserve neighborhoods in Will County and make sure anyone is able to pursue the housing option of their choice.”

The county and city began the assessment of fair housing. They launched a countywide fair housing hotline, 815-774-4536, so anyone who experiences housing discrimination can file a local report.

The partnership aims to create a safer, more diverse and welcoming community for all, according to the release.

April marks National Fair Housing month, established to recognize the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 during the Civil Rights Movement.

All Will County residents are encouraged to participate in the study. The survey can be accessed in English and Spanish via the “We WILL Build” Facebook page or WillCountyIllinois.com/LandUse.

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