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. Within the City of Buffalo discrimination based upon lawful source of income, and gender identity and expression is also prohibited. 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 Debbie Norman, President



Shown is Bryan Day reading the "DOTS" book
to a class of Kindergarteners

County of Erie, New York, Fair Housing Law

The Erie County Fair Housing Partnership will be seeking letters of support from agencies for an important legislative initiative: passage of an Erie County Fair Housing Law.  Developed over the past two years, the Partnership's legislation proposes:

  • Prohibit source of income discrimination across all of Erie County which is often used as a pretext to discriminate against people for reasons of disability, race, national origin and familial status;
  • Require larger housing providers to adopt affirmative fair housing marketing; and
  • Encourage municipalities to amend their zoning laws to require developers to include a small percentage of units in each new multi-family development which will be affordable to families of moderate means. 

Here is a link to the summary or a link to the law.

"It Doesn't Happen Here"

Thanks to the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership and Squeaky Wheel Productions, the Housing Opportunities (HOME) website carries a link to 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.

News Articles

The Buffalo News - Sunday, March 22, 2015 - Another Voice: Erie County Should Pass a Law to Prevent Housing Discrimination
- Outlaw discrimination due to lawful source of income

The New York Times - Saturday, August 8, 2015 - A Year After Ferguson
- Housing Segregation Defies Tools to erase it

The Huffington Post - Monday, August 10, 2015 - Segregation 101 and Effect of Exclusionary Zoning

ECFHP Sponsored Projects, Presentations, Seminars, Outreach and Educational Endeavors, 2016

- Wednesday, April 6 - Hamburg Free Fair Housing Training for Landlords & Tenants provided by Housing Opportunities Made Equal - 6122 South Park Avenue - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

- Fair Housing Proclamation - Thursday, April 7 -  10:00 am - Town of Amherst, NY Council Chambers

- Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop VII - Free - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Auditorium - 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY - 8:30 am registration; 9:00 am - 12:30 pm program

- Beverly Moore of the Buffalo Urban League Speaks on Fair Housing at the Masten District Stakeholder Breakfast - 877 E. Delavan - Contact Masten District office for more info

- Fair Housing/Landlord-Tenant Rights Training - Tuesday, April 12 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Amherst Town Hall - Free

- HOME Annual Dinner and Meeting - Thursday, April 14 - 5:00 pm - Buffalo Convention Center - For tickets call Samantha Long at 716-854-1300 ext 17

- Landlord Training and Certification - Wednesday, April 20 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the HOME Office, 1542 Main at Ferry - $35 - register by calling 716-854-1400 Ext 22

Community Events

- April 5 - Malcolm X - showing & discussion at Buffalo UB Buffalo Film Seminars - 7pm Amherst Dipson Theate - $9.50 adults; $7.50 students; $7.00 seniors

- April 5 - The Difficulty of Realizing Equality and Freedom - Merriweather Library - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Part of a series on the writings of James Baldwin - Free

- April 19 - Discussion on the Urgency of Addressing Injustice Now - Merriweather Library - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Part of a series on the writings of James Baldwin - Free

- Now thru April 30 - The Mark of Cain - Manny Fried Playhouse - Tickets $25 general admission; $20 seniors and students - more info at 408-0499 or 

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