The Bloomington City Council has officially added Veteran Status and Housing Status” to the list of protected classes in the Bloomington Human Rights Ordinance. City Clerk, Regina Moore, provided a synopsis of the motion. The sponsor of the ordinance, Council member Dorothy Granger, is a staff member at WFHB.
“The term Veteran Status is defined as a veteran of the armed forces of the United States, a member of the Indiana National Guard, or a member of a reserved component” Moore explains. The term Housing Status is defined as the type of housing that an individual resides…Or a status of not having a fixed housing status”.
The motion was amended to add all council members as co-sponsors. The Chair of the city’s Human Rights Commission, Byron Bangert, provided a brief history of the development of the amendment.
“The creation of this amendment was long in the making” Bangert explained.”A year ago, we passed unanimously the recommendation you have before you”. Bangert explained on behalf of the amendment
The proposal had already received a positive recommendation from the council during a committee-of-the-whole meeting August 26th. A local social worker, Donyel Byrd, praised the council for the resolution.
“I just wanted to be sure to come here personally to thank you” Byrd happily said. “We have some other social workers on the room that were here three years ago who were really concerned about folks experiencing homelessness so this a really happy day for us.”
The amended motion to include veteran status and housing status to the city’s human rights ordinance passed unanimously.