We continue this week with our series on the Muskegon County Senior Millage and how it's work reaches out to help the older population in Muskegon County with things in a number of ways that may slip under the radar due to the size and scope of all that's included in the millage which was voted into place back in 2016 and is managed by Senior Resources of West Michigan to help assure the funding goes where it's needed. We are very fortunate to be in a community that places such value in our older residents and making sure that all that's invested is used, well, that's kind of the goal with this series.
This week, Lisa Tyler who is the Communications Director for Senior Resources and I are joined by Liz Keegan of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan. Housing discrimination often happens to our senior community and no one is really even aware of it. It's even most often not by intent. It could be omissions in some needed things around the house like accessibility aids. From the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan's website - "Fair housing is the right to choose housing free from unlawful discrimination. Fair housing laws protect people from discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, and age. Discrimination is illegal in housing transactions such as rentals, sales, lending, and insurance."
Discrimination like this isn't the first thought that most have when the topic is addressed. We're used to much more "hot topics" around the discussion, but it can be a big barrier for older people who need a place to call home and Liz does an excellent job detailing what to look for and how to seek help if there's a need. Take a listen and see if this advice is applicable to you or your family and friends. This is an outstanding resource to help resolve issues that can people from enjoying the quality of life they are able to live.
Now that you've got a better understanding of the issue, purposeful or not, make use of the knowledge if you think there's an issue with your elderly family or friends. As a community, we decided that taking care of those who have gone before us was a priority and the Muskegon County Senior Millage supports that in so many ways. Equal housing should be just that. Equal. Learn more about the work the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan and our many thanks to Liz for joining us.