Reread the memo about fair housing. Explain how you serve the council even though their ideas might differ from the public good. Can you argue that serving the council’s decision is serving the public good?
DQ 7-1 Responses
We as public administrators could assist with communicating with the public. We can listen to the wants and complaints from the community and help the council by explaining what can or can’t be done by law. We can also talk to the citizens and help them get a better understanding of what is going on and what is required. I would serve the Council be doing what I need to do to make sure the law is followed by going forward with building the Residential Care Facility. We can also listen to the needs of the community to see what could be done to help them feel better about the decision.
Housing discrimination is not only illegal, it contradicts in every way the principles of freedom and opportunity we treasure as Americans (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2011). While serving the community we don’t have our picks and chooses on who we can help. So yes, serving the council is also serving the public good because no matter what happens everyone will never be satisfied. Individuals in the Residential Care Facilities are a part of the public too and have rights.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2011). Fair Housing Equal Opportunity for All. Retrieved from www.hud.gov/fairhousing
As an Administrator we have the duty to execute the will of any legislative body that we serve under. That being said, if an action is illegal or unconstitutional do we not have an even stronger obligation to point this out? Additionally, it is worth pointing out that “public good” and “public opinion” can be two entirely different things. Stillman points out in chapter 15 that at times public interest may be fickle (2011), when applied to this situation meaning that the neighbors complaining about the potential of a new residential care facility will most likely not be as staunchly against the facility as time passes. Politicians must be keenly aware of public opinion and balance this with public good, as administrators there is less of an emphasis on public opinion since we are not directly elected. With all of this the council should definitely seek sound legal council on applicable statutes from all three levels of government to ensure that its decisions do not run afoul of any, as well as reconsider the ethical ramifications.
Stillman, R. J. II (2011) Public Administration Concepts and Cases 9 th ed. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
While serving on the council it is important to familiarize oneself with the laws and policies that need to be implemented, regarding the Fair Housing Act. While these guidelines may not always satisfy the public, these policies and rules are designed to protect the public based on fair and consistent practices being implemented. It is hard to appease all sides, but council must remain impartial to the public if it calls for going against the guidelines of the Fair Housing Act. At times when the circumstances seem to impact many lives all the council can do assure tenants that they receive the same fairness when finding a facility; and it is not right to take that away from other people who can also benefit from housing in that particular community. A suggestion can be to formulate a watch group and provide any documentation recorded regarding the facility. If the facility is in fact a nuisance and creates crime in the community, law enforcement will intervene. Until this occurs all people should be offered the same housing opportunities as it is equal to the law and Fair Housing Act. These law as and guidelines are to protect the rights of the public so everyone is awarded the same opportunity of fair housing in this country.
Callison, J. W. (2017). Inclusive Communities: Geographic Desegregation, Urban Revitalization, and Disparate Impact Under the Fair Housing Act. Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law,