Erie County Fair Housing Partnership

Who We Are

Welcome! The Erie County Fair Housing Partnership was created in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting equal opportunity in housing for all residents of Western New York. The Partnership has a diverse representation from various segments of the community including government, banking, real estate, legal services, advocacy groups and community organizations (see list of current members).

Why Fair Housing is Important

Housing plays a large role in defining a person's quality of life. Where you live affects your access to social, cultural, educational and many other community amenities such as schools, transportation, employment, medical services, retail and professional services, recreational and entertainment opportunities and much more. Housing discrimination is an illegal obstacle to housing choice and denies people the opportunity to fully experience and enjoy the "American Dream" of choosing, owning and being responsible for their own house and home.

National Fair Housing Month is April

The Erie County Fair Housing Partnership, Inc. encourages residents to participate in the recognition of National Fair Housing Month in April. The celebration of Fair Housing Month is an acknowledgment of the efforts and victories of all who have worked towards guaranteeing equal access to housing for all.

Under Federal and State law, it is illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental and advertising of housing based upon race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, familial status, military status or sexual orientation. In 2018, Erie County, New York passed a Fair Housing Law.  The County's new law prohibits housing discrimination due to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, national origin, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, familial status or immigration and citizenship status. The full text of the Law can be found at Erie County's website.   The recognition of Fair Housing Month reinforces an awareness of the barriers that inhibit the ability of entire segments of our population to freely access the housing of their choice.

The Partnershp Offers Free Education and Outreach to the Public

 -  free fair housing presentations to audiences of all ages
 -  for schools a presentation using our "DOTS" coloring book 
    contact Christopher Hull, President


 

 

Shown is Bryan Day reading the "DOTS" book
to a class of Kindergarteners
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In 2018, County of Erie, New York, passed a Fair Housing Law
Here is a link to the to the law.

"It Doesn't Happen Here"
Thanks to the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership and Squeaky Wheel Productions, produced a thirty three minute documentary of "This Doesn't Happen Here", which explores Buffalo's history of racial segregation and its activist challenges. The documentary was shown throughout the month of April, 2013 in various locations including Buffalo's Market Arcade, University of Buffalo Law School, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Belmont Shelter, Sheridan Parkside Community Center, Tonawanda and Harlem Road Community Center, Amherst.

ECFHP Sponsored Projects, Presentations, Seminars, Outreach and Educational Endeavors, 2018
To raise public awareness about the persistence and prevalence of housing discrimination, and to inform people of their rights under fair housing law, the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership and its membership are promoting a series of activities.  This year's Fair Housing Month events include:

  •    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 7:30 am – 2:00 pm – The UB Affordable Housing Symposium – Hayes Hall 403 at UB South Campus – sold out – contact ccardy@buffalo.edu
  •    Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 12:30 pm – Fair Housing Month Proclamation Ceremony – Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY
  •    Friday, April 13, 2018 – 5:00 pm - Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Annual Meeting and Celebration - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street –
  •     for tickets contact HOME at 854-1400
  •    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 5:00 pm - Free Fair Housing Training – Town of Amherst Council Chambers, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville NY
  •    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:00 pm - Free “Selma” Movie Screening – 6100 South Park Ave,  Hamburg NY-
  •    Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm -  Landlord Training & Certification – HOME Office, 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY – contact HOME – 854-1400
  •    Sunday, April 22, 2018 –  Melssa Golpl, Disability Rights Advocate and Helen Hayes, Aspire of WNY will be interviewed on the Self Advocacy in Action TV – the show can be
  •    seen at www.sainaction.com
  •    Tuesday, April 24 – 6:00 pm – “A House Divided” Film Screening & Discussion – HOME Office, 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY – contact HOME – 854-1400
  •    Thursday, April 26 – 5:30 pm - Fair Housing Art Display & Ceremony – HOME Office, 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY
  •    Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 8:30 am – 4:15 pm - People Inc and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development present a Free Fair Housing Accessibility Design and
  •    Construction  Training - Museum of disAbility History, Main Training Room - 2nd Floor - 3826 Main Street, to register go to www.fhafirst.eventbrite.com
  •    Forum on Housing Development in Buffalo - Wednesday, September 19 - 7:00 pm - D'Youville College, 6th floor Academic Center - Sponsored by Assemblyman
       Sean Ryan's Office, Vision Niagara - Topics will include affordable housing development, strategies, and challenges, public funding, and  inclusionary zoning,