Sexual orientation and gender identity added to county fair housing ordinance

June 20, 2016
Under protest, the Howard County Commissioners unanimously adopted an amendment to the county’s fair housing ordinance which modifies the definition of family to include “sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of its members.”
     The amendment was undertaken by the county in order to comply with the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which was necessary in order to acquire three grants it has in process. These include about $300,000 in funding through the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council, a CDBG planning grant where Howard County is the lead applicant for the town of Russiaville, and a blight elimination grant through the IHCDA.
     The commissioners cited an issue with the language of the ordinance for being a reason they adopted the amendment “under protest.”